Sparkling Limeade with Mint

written by Julie Cohn

Once upon a time, there was a girl.  This girl lived in Arizona, the hottest place on earth, so she was hot-very, very hot.  Not hot as in “oh my gosh, that girl is smoking hot”.  No.  Hot as in ” oh my gosh, I am going to melt right into the sidewalk”.   This girl had a variety of different beverages at her finger tips to imbibe, yet nothing could quench the ravaging thirst she felt…until she made this delightful sparkling limeade with mint.  One little sip and she was refreshed.

This girl knew there were others in the world who were hot too.  She felt it was her obligation to share this recipe for the whole world to enjoy.  The world got a taste of this refreshing limeade…and the world was refreshed.

You’re welcome.

Sparkling Limeade with Mint

  • 3-4 Fresh Limes
  • 1 3/4 c. Super Fine Sugar
  • 2 (1 L) Bottles of Club Soda
  • Fresh Mint Sprigs
Cut the limes into paper-thin slices, and place in a large pitcher.
 Sprinkle the super fine sugar over the limes, and with a wooden spoon, mash the sugar into the limes.  The super fine sugar dissolves into the limes immediately, so the limes can “marinate” in the sugar.
 Allow the lime and sugar mixture to sit for about one hour.  Pour 1 1/2 bottles of the club soda into the pitcher, and stir for several minutes.
Fill a glass with ice, and then 1-2 of the fresh mint leaves.
Using a spoon or mulling tool, mash the mint slightly, but do not tear it apart.  Add the limeade mixture to the glass, and stir if you’d like.  Use the remaining club soda to “top off” each glass, as needed per taste.  Unlike other limeades, this will not be very sweet-you will have the strong, slightly sweet lime taste, with the refreshing fizz of the club soda, topped by the exhilarating fresh mint taste.  It will also not be a dark green color, as artificial limeades are.  This is light, cool, and invigorating!

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