I tend to think of the summer has being split into two portions:
The first half is the everyone-is-excited-to-be-out-of-school-and-going-on-vacation time. People are feeling liberated and eager-with-anticipation to be breaking out the shorts and flip-flops. The grass is soft and green, the heat is gentle, and it feels absolutely magical to be outside after a long winter.
And then there’s the sticky-hot-dreaming-of-snow end of summer where the days are blazing hot, everyone is sticky and sweaty, and the flies persistently dive-bomb your plates (and your face). The grass is brown and crunchy, and you even catch yourself dreaming of those snowy afternoons where you can cuddle up in front of the fire and take a cozy nap…
Yeah, I think it’s safe to say we’ve hit the second stage here at The Prairie Homestead. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not wishing away summer quite yet, but I will admit that I’ve fantasized about crisp Fall mornings once or twice here lately…
Which is why this week was the perfect time to whip up a batch of this naturally sweetened limeade. I’ve had a bunch of limes in my fridge begging to be put to use for a while, so I figured a pitcher of homemade limemade would be the perfect treat to combat the end-of-summer stickiness.
Most limemade recipes call for cups of white sugar, but I prefer the simplicity of this honey-sweetened limemade. It’s refreshingly tart but still has a sweet depth of flavor from the raw honey.
Honey Sweetened Limeade Recipe
- 1 cup lime juice (I used 9-10 small limes–or you can use lemons instead!)
- 1/2 cup honey (raw is the best!)
- 5 cups cold water
- Lime slices — to garnish (optional)
If you are using fresh limes, be sure to wash them well so any dirt/residue doesn’t end up in your juice.… [Continue Reading]