We are huge fans of Mexico and Mexican food and when I say Mexican food, I mean “real” Mexican food unlike anything I was ever able to get in Australia. Whenever we are in Mexico we survive on Limonadas to drink on the beach, in the restaurants and even in the bars between margharitas and bottles of Sol. With the endless heat of the Phoenix summer stretching on into September I decided I need to make our own refreshing Limonada Mineral to cool us down for the Labor Day holiday weekend.

I did a bunch of research looking for what I thought would be a common recipe. Every recipe I found was different, including one that actually said to puree the entire lime and not just the lime juice. I chose to forego this option since I didn’t want to break our blender. Every other recipe had different ratios for sugar to lime juice to sparkling water. So the following is my own recipe which was worked out by taste.

Combine 1/2 a cup of sugar and 1 1/2 cups of lime juice (this was 8 medium limes for me – though mine were very juicy). Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add 4 cups of sparkling water, taste and continue adding extra sugar to own taste. I only added a spoonful extra to take a little more of the zing out of the limes. Then just pour over ice and garnish with a slice of lime.

We were really happy with this though not quite like the ones we drank on the beach on Isla Mujeres but that may have something to do with our surroundings. We are going to keep playing with the ratios to get it just right but either way it is refreshing on a 100+ degree day!


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