Summer is coming… and with it comes the thirst-inducing, stifling heat.
Growing up, my family vacationed in the old country a lot: the Dominican Republic. Walking down the serpentine, dirt country roads under the Caribbean sun gives you the inevitable cottonmouth. On one particularly scorching summer day, a kind woman offered me freshly squeezed ‘limonada‘ on my way back to my grandmother’s house. I will never forget her generosity, but what she brought out shocked me.
It was light green. The only lemonade I’ve ever had was a light yellow. This was the first time I had ever had “green lemonade.” I will always remember the sweet and refreshing drink on that hot summer day.
Green lemonade… makes me chuckle when I think about it. Dominicans don’t have different words for lemons and limes. They are both “lemons,” with the exception that a lime is referred to as limón verde (green lemon). Then there’s another fruit that looks like a lime, but is called limoncillo, and the meaty flesh inside makes it neither a lime nor a citrus. Confused? Imagine 10-year-old me!
To this day, Simply Limeade® is the closest I have ever come to reliving that childhood memory. Simply Beverages™ use never-from-concentrate juices and never add preservatives, colors or artificial flavors. When I see Simply Limeade in the supermarket juice section, my heart skips a beat as I remember the green limonada from a total stranger in the stifling summer.
Simply Beverages are known for being honest and transparent in their drinks. From Simply Lemonade to Simply Fruit Punch®, I feel confident that I’ll always have an all-natural refreshing drink to offer guests on our lanai. Last summer my sister-in-law and I created an original cocktail, Lady’s Bluff, during a girls’ casino night using Simply Grapefruit®. It was a hit! Kids will love Simply Beverages, as Simply Limeade tastes just like that hot summer day. And for adults, you can dress up the juices a bit with a spirit or two. My go-to drink in the summer is the Mojito, but this time I thought I’d recreate a Brazilian favorite, the Caipirinha.
Caipirinhas are simple to make, requiring very few ingredients, and are quicker to make than a Mojito. If you’ve never had one before, this will surely enter your summer cocktail rotation. Because the original recipe is a bit strong for my taste, I used Simply Limeade to tone down the alcohol content, and make it sweeter at the same time. The best thing about using Simply Limeade as a base for citrus cocktail drinks is that you can leave out the alcohol and, with a garnish or two, also have a delicious mocktail for children and anyone that cannot consume alcoholic beverages. I’m sure you and your guests will enjoy this cocktail throughout the summer.
A Simple Caipirinha Recipe
- 2 oz Simply Limeade® juice
- 1 oz citrus soda
- 1 oz cachaça or white rum
- 1 tsp raw sugar
- 1/2 lime freshly juiced
- 1/2 lime quartered
- 1/4 cup crushed ice
- lime wheel for garnish
Juice the lime. Set aside.
In a glass highball cup, add the sugar and quartered limes. Lightly muddle.
Add the ice, freshly-squeezed lime juice, Simply Limeade® juice, cachaça (or white rum), and citrus soda.
Mix thoroughly and serve immediately.
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