Last weekend I went shopping with my mom and when we stopped for lunch the waiter recommended their lemonade. Which made me do 2 things: 1: order their lemonade 2: realize that finally, really Lemonade season was here! (Remember, 4 weeks ago we still had some snow…). So I came home and made my own! Absolutely nothing wrong with the Anne & Max Lemonade (www.annemax.nl – these are my brother’s restaurants and they are ridiculously awesome – as is my brother – and my other brother) but they are based in the Netherlands and I live in France so that really is too much travel for Lemonade.
So, Lime-Lemonade….I know, I know, when it is made with lime it’s called Limeade, when it is made with Lemon it is Lemonade… But since this is a 50/50 case It’s called Lime-Lemonade. With Ginger. And Mint. I hope you read past this kitchen jargon faux pas since it is refreshing and easy to make.
Could have called it Limoade…or Limonade….or not.
1 ¼ L (5 cups) of water
1 cup of Lime/Lemon juice. For me that is 4 lemons and 4 limes
150 gr (2/3 cup) of Golden Caster sugar
1 tsps. of vanilla extract
15 leaves of mint
1 thumb of ginger cut in pieces
Bring 250 ml (1 cup) of water, the sugar, the leaves of Mint and the ginger to a simmer untill the sugar has completely dissolved. Set aside and let it cool. Roll the citrus between the palm of your hand and the table to loosen the skin. Then press the juice. Add the vanilla extract to the juice, stir and set aside.
Once the syrup is cooled down add the citrus vanilla mixture. Let it sit for another 30 minutes so all flavors can get to know each other. Then strain the lemonade and add the remaining 1 liter (4 cups) of water. Cool it in an adequate recipient (like a glass bottle) for another 3 hours in the refrigerator. Sometimes I mix things up (I am crazy like that) and instead of 1 L of still water I add 500ml (2 cups) of still and 500 ml (2 cups) of sparkling…