You Had Me At…Limeade!

You Had Me At…Limeade!

We All Think Lemonade In The Summer, But Limeade?

Ah, summer time is here, and we’ve got yet another recipe to keep you cool this summer!  I give you our recipe for homemade Limeade!  This recipe is a bit tart but feel free to sweeten it to your liking.  I kinda like the sweet and tart taste together!  But if this recipe tends to be too tart for your liking, feel free to reduce by one lime or add one more cup of sweetener.  Enjoy!

Rocky’s Homemade Key Limeade

2 cups water
4 key limes
2 cups of sugar
4 cups of ice
2 cups cold water (refrigerated or iced is fine)

Place water in medium sized cooking pot on high heat.  Roll limes 5 to 6 times with the palm of your hand to release the juices inside the lemon.  Cut the limess in half and use a spoon to juice the limes.  If this is too difficult, you can place it in the microwave for 15 to 30 seconds to loosen the limes also.  This makes juicing them easier.  If you have a juicer or lemon juicer, these will speed up the process as well.

Add your juice and sugar to the pot while it is heating and stir constantly to dissolve the sugar and juice.  When pot begins to boil, reduce to medium heat.  Allow to cook 3-5 minutes at a steady boil.  Add 2 cups cold water and your ice to a pitcher.  Remove the mixture from the stove and slowly pour into pitcher with no more than a cup or two at a time to prevent your glass pitcher from breaking (or if you have plastic keep it from melting).  Steadily add your mixture until all is in your pitcher.  Slice lemons into your lemonade for presentation and color.  Remove the lemons before refrigerating overnight as this will make your lemonade bitter.

I Didn’t Forget Diabetics With This Low Carb Option!

Just like in my lemonade recipe, I created a low carb option.  Just because this is sugar free, don’t be fooled because there are plenty of natural sugars still left in the limes to spike your blood sugar.  I’ll warn everyone just like in my lemonade recipe that if you have unregulated blood sugar, stay away from the Diet Lemonade and Diet Key Limeade recipes.  You’ll be asking for trouble at the hospital.  You have been warned!  
For those whose blood sugar is maintained and well checked with diet, exercise and/or medication, this tangy tart deliciousness is right up your alley!  Just like the last one, if this is too tart for your liking, remember to reduce by one lime or add one more cup of sweetener.  This recipe is definitely a tart one, but I am certain that you’ll be craving this again soon!

Rocky’s Diet Key Limeade

2 cups water
4 key limes
2 cups of Splenda or Stevia
4 cups of ice
2 cups cold water (refrigerated or iced is fine)

Place water in medium sized cooking pot on high heat.  Roll limes 5 to 6 times with the palm of your hand to release the juices inside the lemon.  Cut the limes in half and use a spoon to juice the limes.  If this is too difficult, you can place it in the microwave for 15 to 30 seconds to loosen the limes also.  This makes juicing them easier.  If you have a juicer or lemon juicer, these will speed up the process as well.

Add your juice and sweetener of choice to the pot while it is heating and stir constantly to dissolve the sweetener of choice and juice.  When pot begins to boil, reduce to medium heat.  Allow to cook 3-5 minutes at a steady boil.  Add 2 cups cold water and your ice to a pitcher.  Remove the mixture from the stove and slowly pour into pitcher with no more than a cup or two at a time to prevent your glass pitcher from breaking (or if you have plastic keep it from melting).  Steadily add your mixture until all is in your pitcher.  Slice lemons into your lemonade for presentation and color.  Remove the lemons before refrigerating overnight as this will make your lemonade bitter.

Now You’re Ready For The Pool!

Well that about wraps up these two recipes.  I tell you, drinking this with your preferred amount of ice and kicking back wading in the pool or just relaxing in the shade, you’ll have the pitcher drank before you realize it!  So don’t forget to just add these two recipes to your recipe box and probably pin it for later.  You’ll definitely be coming back for more!  


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