Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sparkling Limeade (gluten free, dairy free, vegan)

I had several limes in my fridge from when I made vinaigrette for my veggie rice wraps and not a lot of time on my hands to make anything really crazy.  So, I thought I'd make a refreshing summer drink.  Low and behold Sparkling Limeade was born!

I've never really used limes much in my recipes (except when baking fish....and things did not go so well.  I'll stick to using lemons for that) but after tasting the juice from them I want that tangy, sour, yet oddly sweet flavor in everything!  It's amazing what a different flavor they have from lemons. When I have more time (aka once the soon-to-be five year old is in school) I would love to attempt some lime desserts.  But for now, the limeade will have to do.

Please note: Always check labels and manufacturing processes to ensure there is no evidence of any food allergens you may be sensitive to.  

Sparkling Limeade (gluten free, dairy free, vegan):
1 cup sparkling water (I use San Pellegrino)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
1 Tablespoon cane sugar (use organic for vegan)*
1 sprig of mint (optional)
3-4 cubes of ice

*A sugar alternative/substitute may be used however the amount may vary.

Combine sparkling water, lime juice and sugar into an eight ounce drinking glass. Mix until most of the sugar has dissolved. Add a sprig of mint and some ice and enjoy! This could also be a great adult beverage by adding a shot of alcohol. I haven't actually tried this yet and am not a "mixologist" of any sort so feel free to experiment.

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