My sweet Pirate gave me an early birthday present of plants from my favorite nursery, Xera Plants! I was beyond thrilled. This was the first time that My Pirate has picked out plants for me and he did a great job. There was only one way to celebrate; I made my favorite Limeade recipe. And we sipped them on the back patio and dreamed up new changes in our garden.

mintI found this limeade recipe several years ago in Bon Appetite and its perfect for a warm August evening. I always use Pineapple Mint in my simple syrup because it adds a subtle lime flavor without taking your breath away like other varieties of mint. It’s quick to whip up and it’s delicious with or without alcohol which makes it a summer party standard in our house. Try it! I think that you’ll like it.

Limeade from Bon Appetite

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup lightly packed fresh clean Pineapple Mint leaves
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Vodka or light rum–optional
  • Ice
  • Club soda

Pick your Pineapple Mint and wash it. Pull the leaves off the stems. In a small saucepan combine one cup of water, one cup of sugar and the cup of mint leaves. Bring to a boil and then drop it down to a simmer for 2 minutes.

Strain the simple syrup into a Pyrex measuring cup and place it in the fridge or freezer to cool while you juice the limes.

Juice the limes. Then fill your glasses with ice and add 1 shot of simple syrup, 1 shot of lime juice, 1 shot of vodka or rum, and top with club soda. Stir and garnish with mint leaves or a lime wedge. Enjoy.

Laura Heldreth

Laura Heldreth

Hello! My name is Laura Heldreth and most days you can find me playing in my kitchen and vegetable garden.

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