COCONUT LIMEADE

 "The lime and the coconut cha cha cha" One of the drink flavor combinations I absolutely love in the summer is coconut  and lime.  This literally has me singing in my head  "the lime and the coconut cha cha cha" don't ask me where the cha cha bit came from I absolutely have no answer, but it makes sense in my head.  

They look amazing together don't they? This is a limeade recipe with a twist because there is one ingredient here that isn't used in a classic lemonade and that is the  condensed coconut milk and right this moment you are probably thinking: "what the... coconut milk? condensed?" the answer is yes.  

This recipe is inspired from the classic Brazilian Lemonade which uses sweetened condensed milk and if you don't have dairy restrictions unlike yours truly you can replace the  condensed coconut milk with regular condensed milk but where's the fun in that?

When buying the limes for this limeade make sure that the skin is smooth; this is because the smoothness is a good indicator for how juicy the limes are;

For my sweetener i went with a teaspoon of stevia but if you are not watching your sugar intake, you can use a cup of sugar. Do err on the side of moderation if you decide to use stevia especially if you think that a teaspoon will not do the trick for you, it doesn't take much to take a drink from the edge of being amazing to tasting like it was poured straight out of a Swedish bitters bottle (that's a story for another day)

This recipe requires that you cut  the limes into eighths and you will be using the pulse option on your blender.  Whatever you do, please follow the pulse instructions otherwise you might end up with an extremely bitter, impossible to drink mess (Swedish bitters yuck!!)

Ingredients: 

4 medium limes

6 cups of water

1 cup of sugar or 1 tsp stevia

1 cup condensed coconut milk

 Instructions:

1. Put water and sugar element in refrigerator until you are ready to use them that will ensure that you start with a cold base for your drink

2. Wash your limes and cut into eighths.

3. Pour the water into the blender and add the limes, pulse four times.  If you have a smaller blender you'll have to repeat this step at least twice depending on the size of your blender. 

4. Using a fine mesh strainer like the kind you use for flour, strain the limeade into a container of your choice and you can refrigerate at this point if you would like. I generally finish up all the steps because this drink DOES NOT last long in my home. 

5. When you are ready to serve, go ahead and mix in the sweetened condensed coconut milk add ice and enjoy. 

TIP: Once i add the coconut I give it an extra whirl in the blender to make sure that my condensed milk is evenly distributed, add ice and it is ready to go down the hatch. 

Wishing you all things sweet, 

Minerva.

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