Even the commonly bottled unsweetened lime juice is excellent paired with bottled sugar syrup for a quick limeade. As an alternative to sugar, try honey, which, combined with lime juice, is an excellent aid for the respiratory system.
- 5 to 7 medium limes, plus slices for garnish
- 1/2 cup sugar or honey, plus more if needed
- Roll the limes back and forth over the counter with the palm of your hand. Cut limes in half, and juice them by hand or with a juicer; reserve rinds. (You should have about 1/2 cup juice.) Transfer juice and rinds to a large pitcher.
- Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add sugar or honey, and stir until dissolved. Pour syrup into the pitcher, and add 4 cups water. Stir until well blended. Add more sugar or honey, if desired. Refrigerate 1 hour. Discard rinds. Serve limeade garnished with lime slices.
Variation: For super flavor and enriched medicinal value, add slices of fresh ginger to the pitcher along with the rinds.
Photo by Quentin Bacon