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Thursday, August 16, 2012

the guide to making the perfect glass of limeade

Last week when I was home in New England we had a very ladylike lunch at the Ocean House in Westerly, Rhode Island. When I ordered iced tea, this is what they brought.

How lovely is that? We all oooh'd when the server brought out the tray of iced teas. I loved that the restaurant used ice cubes made of tea and added mint, a slice of lemon and a stick of sugar cane to the glass. While my sister-in-law Sue and the girls and I enjoyed a lazy lunch I thought how easy it would be to prepare something as lovely at home. 

I love limes. I love lemon. I have a problem. This is what I came home with earlier this week from my short stop at Trader Joe's. 

So I decided to make my favorite summer drink--limeade with a twist-watermelon. 

I found this old-fashioned citrus squeezer on ebay 
but you can use a manual juice pulper or electric juicer

The recipe: 

1. Cut watermelon into cubes (1 cup) and place in a single layer on a tray (Easy method: buy watermelon already cubed in your produce department) Freeze for at least 1 hour.

2. Squeeze 9 limes (approximately 1 cup depending on the size of the limes).

3. In a glass, fill with frozen watermelon cubes and add 1/3 cup of fresh squeezed lime juice and 1/3 cup of sparkling water. Sweeten to taste with simple syrup (recipe here) or superfine sugar.

Now go sit outside and ponder how wonderful later summer is.

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