This lime cooler might be a day late for Cinco de Mayo but it’s still and oh so refreshing drink for this warm weather that DC is having this week! Our favorite Mexican restaurant makes their own lime cooler which is also a fantastic margarita mixer. It’s so tart and refreshing. Sparkling seltzer finishes off the drink making it a fun spritzer too. I could drink these all night-their margaritas on the other hand might put me under the table if I kept sipping them all evening! What I also love is that they bring the sweetener on the the side so that you can add however much you prefer. So if you’d like a really sour sparkling drink then wave off the sweetener. If instead you’re like me and like it a bit more sweet and sour then by all means add a bit of sweetener! I made a honey simple syrup for these lime coolers but you can always make a standard sugar simple syrup.
You need to start with a lot of limes, I’d say a dozen if you’d want to share these drinks with friends. Roll them between a countertop and the palm of your hand to get the most out of your juicing. I love the old school citrus juicers. It’s simple with one hand to juice. This refreshing
I also just learned of a really neat tip while dining out a few weeks ago. After juicing citrus don’t get rid of the rinds, instead take out the pulp and pith, blanch them 3 times in boiling water for 20 minutes each time, then slice them up and simmer them in simple syrup! You’ll be rewarded with delicious tender candied citrus rinds. All with the leftovers that I’d at least usually throw away. I’m never throwing away citrus rinds again!
- 6 limes
- Zest of 1 lime
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup honey
- Sparkling water to make each drink
- Juice the 6 limes, set the rinds aside to make candied citrus.
- In a medium sauce pan combine honey and water, simmer for 10 minutes until the honey is dissolved and the liquid has slightly reduced. Set aside to cool.
- Add crushed ice to a high ball glass, add in 2 oz of lime juice, 4 oz of sparkling water, and then stir.
- Serve honey simple syrup on side so that guests may add if needed.