Lemonade with lime

To update a summer childhood favourite, Angela Nilsen adds a touch of adult sophistication by introducing the flavours of lime, lemon grass and mint
By Angela Nilsen
Lemonade with lime
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  • Serves: Makes about 1.3 litres
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

  • 2 lemons
  • 2 limes
  • 85 g golden caster sugar
  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • lemon and limes, slices, to serve
  • mint leaves, to serve
  • ice cubes, optional

Tips and Suggestions

When removing the zest from the lemons and limes, avoiding peeling off any of the white pith with it, as that can make the drink taste bitter.

Once made, store the drink in the fridge where it will keep for at least a week.

Method

1. Peel the zest from the lemons and limes in long strips using a potato peeler. Drop the zest in a heatproof bowl, tip in the sugar and stir in 1.2 litres of boiling water until the sugar has dissolved. Bruise the lemon grass stalk by hitting it firmly with a rolling pin or similar, then slice it into quarters. Drop this in the bowl, then leave everything to marinate and to take on both flavours and colours, for 2 hours.

2. Squeeze the juice from the lemons and limes and pour into the bowl. Strain the drink into a large jug. Serve with slices of lemon and lime, mint sprigs and ice cubes if wished.

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