Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Limeade Concentrate



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...There is in cyberspace a remarkable site called Cooking for Engineers. It's written by Michael Chu who features wonderful recipes with instructions that clearly explain how and why things within his recipes are done. While the site is a technocrat's dream, it's designed and written in such a way that everyone can read and enjoy it. I recently paid the site a visit to search for recipes that used limes. I have a weakness for quantity buying and managed to return from a warehouse store with enough limes to serve the needs of a small country. Having made lime curd and sundry other treats, I still had limes to deal with. Lots of limes. Fortunately, Michael had a recipe for limeade concentrate that you can find here. The concentrate is made using fresh lime juice and a simple syrup. You'll need six to eight good-sized limes to extract a cup of juice. That cup of juice is mixed with three cups of a simple syrup to form a limeade concentrate that can be frozen. When you're ready to enjoy a cool and refreshing beverage, the concentrate is reconstituted using two parts water to one of the concentrate. We love bubbles in our summer drinks, so I reconstitute our limeade with club soda. Ginger ale or a lemon-lime drink would also work well. Here's the recipe for the concentrate and the limeade.

Limeade Concentrate
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, courtesy of Michael Chu

Ingredients for concentrate:
1 cup fresh, strained lime juice
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1-1/2 cups water

Directions for concentrate:
Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Cool. Add lime juice. Refrigerate or freeze. Yield: 1 quart concentrate.

Ingredients for limeade:

1 cup limeade concentrate
2 cups water

Directions for limeade:
Combine concentrate and water in a pitcher. Stir to dissolve. Yield: 3 cups.

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64 comments:

Nina Timm said...

During the hot summer you can always expect a jug of this concentrate in my mom's fridge. She used lemons, I think limes can give that extra tang!!!Can't wait for summer!!!

Tiffanee said...

YUM!! That sounds perfect for a hot summer day!!

ButterYum said...

I was just trying to figure out what to do with two remaining limes I have. I should be able to make a glass or two of this delicious limeade. Thanks for sharing the recipe and highlighting such a wonderful new blog.

:)
ButterYum

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I've been so scarce in visiting blogs, but I'm on vacation now. This is so refreshing. It certainly beats concentrates with all kinds of high fructose ingredients.

Sushma Mallya said...

love lemonade..this one looks too good...perfect for summers...have a wonderful day mary

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

This limeade is just perfect in our hot weather here.Thanks for sharing.

Monet said...

I think we can all agree that this is a perfect summer drink. I would love a tall glass of this with my picnic dinner tomorrow!

DailyChef said...

I really like the Cooking for Engineers site too! This limeade looks amazing--I've never made limeade before!

Katerina said...

This looks very refreshing and the colors are beautiful. I'll put it in my list to do.

Ana Powell said...

Perfect and delicious for hot weather, great post ♥

Priya said...

Refreshing drink, looks awesome..

Mariana said...

hummmm, delicious drink and so refreshing , kiss.

Allie and Pattie said...

My kids love lemon and limeades- freezing the concentrate is a wonderful idea! Thanks Mary
xoxo Pattie

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

IF summer ever arrives this sounds wonderful and refreshing. Yum I like the sound of this. Diane

Sage said...

Never had limeade but sure looks and sounds great.
Rita

penny aka jeroxie said...

We do lemonades in summer. So refreshing.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I never thought of making my own concentrate - what a great idea!

Martha said...

What could be better for a hot summer day -- and what a great recipe for excess limes! Of course, lime curd isn't bad either!

12th Man Training Table said...

My freezer's full ... but i will be making space for this! Thanks!

Foodessa said...

Mary...ever since I've been following your culinary adventure...I got that you not only have a weekness for quantity buying...but also a great weekness for quantity cooking and baking;0)
Your surroundings must be really happy campers ;) Cin Cin with your Lime-a-nade.
Have a great day and flavourful wishes, Claudia

Erica said...

We make lemonade several times a year......now I'm going to try your recipe. It looks so refreshing for the summer, my family will enjoy it for sure. Thanks for sharing your recipe. ..........have a great day!

Haden News said...

Mary you have me drooling at the thought of this wonderful limeade! Guess what I will be buying at Sam's today...LIMES! Have a great day :)

bellini valli said...

It sounds so refreshing Mary:D Perfect for these hot summer days.

Yael said...

I absolutely love limes and I am so jealous- I have been searching for years for limes here but to no avail!(Amazing, considering that this country is famous for it's citrus fruits! Go figure.)

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I think I like limeade better than lemonade.

PeggyR said...

That sounds so refreshing!

Atelier de Charo said...

Perfect for hot days!

Hugs
Charo

Joanne said...

I've heard of this site (seeing as how I went to an engineering school, it would be hard not to) but haven't actually checked it out yet. Will have to do so!

I love lime flavored drinks...so refreshing. This sounds delicious, maybe even with a bit of cherry or raspberry mixed in!

From the Kitchen said...

If there was ever a day for limeade, today is it! I thought we'd left humidity back in Charleston! Now I'm off to pick up our new dalmatian. Terrible weather. Hope I don't end up "Over the Rainbow". Perhaps we should name him Toto!

Once we were empty nesters, we became Costco shoppers. Makes no sense but we use everything we purchase and enjoy.

Best,
Bonnie

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

I can think of so many things to do with this. Great post!

3 hungry tummies said...

Lime is 5 for a dollar now. I am going to make some!
Have a nice day!

Eliana said...

I think limeade is so much better than lemonade and I'm really loving this post Mary. Also digging the idea of adding bubbles to the drink. Will have to try that very soon.

one planet said...

tks <Mary for visiting my blog so you let me know about yours .. yammi :))

FoodontheTable said...

It's getting harder to find frozen concentrate at the store now, so I'm happy to have a recipe from scratch!

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

This looks and sounds perfect for a hot summers day!!=)
You're comments on my blog are always too kind, thanks so much!

Karen said...

Looks so refreshing!

Karen said...

Looks so refreshing!

Joe Ambrosino said...

Great plug Mary! The recipe sounds great, and so refreshing!

livestocreate said...

I'd never thought of making my own concentrate. Makes me pucker just thinking about it. Yum!

Cheryl said...

Wow, this is soo timely! I love the Cherry Limeaide at Sonic, now I can make it at home!

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

I could never have enough lime...this looks so refreshing.

Carmen

Suman Singh said...

bumped in here for the first time..must say you have a lovely space with delicious collection of recipes..glad that I found your blog..will follow you...
Limeade concentrate looks refreshing and delicious..perfect for hot summer days..

RamblingTart said...

Hooray for this, Mary! Just in time for our first REAL summer days. :-)

Devaki said...

Oh how fun! We call it Nimbu Paani back home in Mumbai and is a given in the refrigerator all summer long...along with colossal sized Alphonso mangoes of course :)

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Angie's Recipes said...

A perfect BBQ drink!

The Blonde Duck said...

That reminds me of the fruit punch I drank when I was little!

Sandi said...

that looks great Mary....perfect for a hot summer day....about how many limes do you think it takes?

Faith said...

This looks so refreshing for a summer's day! I bet the concentrate would be amazing drizzled on pound cake too.

Pecados da mesa said...

Hello;

hummmm que delĂ­cia de limonada concentrada Mary.
Perfeita!!!

I indicated you to a honor in my blog Pecados da Mesa.
I hope you enjoy youself.

Kiss!
Maria paula -BRASIL-

Lori said...

Mary- you rock! This is perfect for me to have so that a quick batch of margaritas can be made! Yum.

Chef Dennis said...

now this is a perfect summer time drink! I love limeade!

Jessica said...

This looks awesome! What a great picture!

balsamicandbasil said...

This sounds so delicious! I bet kids would love it frozen into popsicles too - I will have to try this soon.

Emmalene said...

Thanks for the tip about the site- I love new blogs. Blessings to you Mary, x

karenmac said...

Thank you so much for the deviled egg recipe. I was mulling around a menu for a luncheon with some friends and never would of thought of deviled eggs unless I had seen the recipe. It will be the cornerstoneof the meal

Lynn said...

I have a weakness for buying lemons and limes in bulk too. This is a great solution!
Thanks for the kind words you left on my blog. I'll be spending some time here too!

The Words Crafter said...

What a great idea! I can use this with my preschool class!!!

Julie said...

Lime is just so refreshing in the summer. What a great way to have it readily available.

Joy said...

Thankyou for this recipe! It looks perfect! (One Perfect Sip!)

scrambledhenfruit said...

It's really hot in VA right now so I think I need some of this in my refrigerator asap! It looks so refreshing- thanks for sharing the recipe.

Debinhawaii said...

Very fun--I like drink concentrates that you can have at the ready! I like to mix lime juice with coconut water too--very refreshing. ;-)

My Little Space said...

Ooo... guess, more summer drinks to be coming soon! Love the old fashion limeade.
Regards, Kristy

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wow love this!! :)
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