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Colombian Limonada

May 13th, 2014

Growing up in South America, limonada always meant limeade and not lemonade. It’s usually made with key limes, but regular limes will do. It’s also different than American drinks in that the entire lime is blended with water, this gives the limeade a really complex sweet/sour/bitter taste because the lime peel and pith are used. The result is a fantastically thirst quenching drink perfect on a hot day. The added pith/peel make the lemonade much healthier since those parts of citrus are super healthy.
Yesterday I whipped up a batch and it was fantastic, I really should make it more often. Here’s how I make it:
quarter 2 small limes (Bearss Limes are best) and put in blender, add four cups of water, add 5-6 ice cubes, add 1-2 Tablespoons of sugar (you can add more later if needed), add a dash of salt, blend for a minute or two and put through a sieve. The results is a slightly frothy liquid that’s pure deliciousness on a hot afternoon!

What’s your favorite beverage on a hot day?

11 Comments to “Colombian Limonada”
  1. kristin @ going country on May 13, 2014 at 5:43 am

    Any variant on sparkling lemonade: lemon juice, whatever sugar syrup I have on hand (usually the remains of the liquid from canned pears or peaches), and seltzer.

    I would love to make this limonada, but have you seen the price of limes lately? They were $1.69 EACH last time I was at the store. Insane.

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    • Susy on May 13, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      I have, luckily I ordered a box of organic limes from a farm (sadly their last box of the season) but I got around 25 organic limes for $15.

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  2. Laura @ Raise Your Garden on May 13, 2014 at 7:35 am

    My husband and I made a similar drink on our honeymoon when we visited Anegada, B.V.I. The fresh limes were delicious & refreshing! Healthy too like you said.

    Sometimes, I like that sugar-high and splurge on a Tim Horton’s Ice Cap, which is a Canadian chain, I don’t like admitting how tasty they are! Just forget the afternoon nap, they’ll perk you up way too much =)

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  3. Nebraska Dave on May 13, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Susy, I remember a drink that I haven’t had in decades. It was called Switchel and was a mixture of water, apple cider vinegar, and honey. I don’t know what the recipe was as the women always mixed it up and brought it out to the field where the men were putting up hay. Haying was always done when the weather was very hot. Water was good for staying hydrated but Switchel was an excellent drink to satisfy the thirst and some say spark the energy level. I drank it just for a drink many years but as life surrounded me with growing kids and other time consuming things, I forgot all about Switchel until now. Thanks for reminding me. I think I’ll make some today while mowing the grass. Cutting grass is about as close as I can get to haying these days. :-) Those were great days to remember.

    Have a great Colombian Limeade day.

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    • Lemongrass on May 13, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Switchel is a drink I have every morning for the past 15 years and never called by that name. I called it a morning cleanse drink……….make it with the apple cider vinegar, honey and lukewarm water.
      I like your name, switchel, much better. It reminds me of times gone by.

      My favorite drink on a hot day is Mexican hibiscus flowers, lots of grated ginger. juice of a lime/lemon and some honey. Sometimes I ferment the mixture for two weeks to add some fuzz.
      Second favorite is a combo of passion fruit and gauva with a splash of honey.

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      • Susy on May 13, 2014 at 12:20 pm

        MMM, I love hibiscus tea and passion fruit & guava is also a favorite!

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    • kristin @ going country on May 13, 2014 at 9:28 am

      Oh yes, switchel. That’s been a staple in this agricultural area for generations, and in fact, my husband’s grandma still made it for her farmer son as recently as five years ago. Around here, it’s water, lemon, vinegar, sugar, and ginger. The composition is actually a very early version of Gatorade–unlike plain water, it replenishes electrolytes as well as hydrating.

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    • Karie on May 30, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      I mix up a quart of water with lemon juice, cider vinegar and raw honey every morning. It is good for you and perks you up in the morning!

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  4. Rachel on May 13, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I love ordering a limemade as a special drink. I’m writing down this recipe to make at home on our next hot day. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. MN Reid on May 13, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Lift Bridge Farm Girl, out of Stillwater, MN.

    Arizona Iced Tea is a nice treat too.

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  6. Kimberly on May 14, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    The limonada sounds delicious! During the Texas summer, my husband and I drink a lot of hibiscus iced tea…the tanginess tastes so good when it’s sweltering outside…

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