|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 53g||19%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 50g|
|Vitamin C 9mg||45%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Although this lime drink is called a "limonada frozen" (limeade frozen) in Spanglish, it is actually a frozen limeade drink. Regardless of which name you use, the drink is very tart and refreshing.
This is frosty and delicious as is, but the addition of some passion fruit pulp or passion fruit juice is so good mixed in. An excellent alcoholic version of the limonada frozen is the frozen pisco sour, which is made with Peruvian pisco brandy.
In some parts of Latin America, limes are grouped into the category of tart citrus fruits known as limones (lee-mone-ayes), since lemons are not widely available. South American limes are smaller, juicier and more tart than the larger Persian limes that are often sold in the United States. If you can't find South American limes in particular, look for small limes with thinner skins (often imported from Mexico) or key limes for making this recipe. It will make a difference.
“Who knew limeade could be so good? Blending the lime juice and sugar syrup with ice really puts this drink over the top. Treat yourself to this slushy sweet-tart concoction.” —Joan Velush
1/2 cup key lime juice, from about 13 key limes, plus lime slices for garnish, if desired
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 pinch salt, optional
6 cups crushed ice
Gather the ingredients.
Place limes in the microwave for 20 seconds on low power or until they are just warm (not hot) to the touch. Next, roll the limes a few times on the counter while pressing down with the palm of your hand.
In a medium saucepan, bring the water, sugar, and salt, if using, to a boil over high heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolves.
Remove from the heat and cool completely. Mix the simple syrup, lime juice, and ice in a blender until slushy.
Serve immediately in tall glasses, garnished with a lime wheel, if desired.
You may be tempted to skip the step of warming up the limes in the microwave, but we encourage you not to. Warming up the limes helps them to release their juices, which helps you extract as much juice as possible from them.
•This recipe can be made using a combination of lemons and limes, if desired, or a combination of lemons, limes, and oranges. Mango juice or mango pulp is also a great addition.
How to Store and Freeze Limeade
Limes are acidic and lime juice doesn't typically spoil very easily; it can keep for months and months. However, frozen limeade is best as soon as it's made, at least from a consistency perspective. If you refrigerate it after you make it, the ice will melt, but if you put leftovers in the freezer, the limeade will freeze. Any leftover limeade can be kept indefinitely in ice cube trays, if desired. You can pop them out and defrost them in a chilled glass, which should slow the melting rate.