I grew up on the All American Lemonade so when I moved to the Caribbean and all I could find was Limeade… well… when in Rome. I fell in love with the sweet, tangy taste of the islands fresh juice. Sometimes sparkling, sometimes not. It has become one of my summer favorites now, even back here in Los Angeles.
Now that we are in the hot summer months, it’s time to start filling up my fridge with these homemade, organic juices for my family. I wish I could say these limes were from my tree but mine are not quite ripe yet.
Basic Limeade is always wonderful, but don’t stop there. Infuse it with your favorite berries from the farmers market to kick it up a notch. (And add alcohol for those adult parties to kick it up even more!!!) Infusing with a simple syrup made with fresh berries is easy and worth the extra time.
How perfect would this be for the Fourth of July!!!
Add your berries to a saucepan (saving 1/3 cup for garnish) and smash. That is a technical term. If you’re fancy, you’d muddle, but I only have this awesome old school masher I got for a steal at a yard sale, so I smash.
Add in equal parts water and sugar and bring to a boil.
While the berries simmer, juice the limes.
Once the berries have simmered for about 10 minutes, strain and chile in the ‘fridge.
Once the syrup is cold, combine it with the lime juice, five cups of water and garnish with extra blueberries and lime slices.
I choose blueberries today but other berries would work just as well.