A couple of years ago a friend came back from Thailand with an easy recipe for a cold lime drink that’s a little salty. She said it was a popular drink there, given the extreme heat.
I’m grilling some chicken this weekend, and it’s supposed to be nice and sunny, so I thought I’d make some of this in place of my usual iced tea.
While sweet-salty-sour combinations are desirable in Thailand, here, well, there’s still a bit of pioneering involved. Not everyone will like this, and I wasn’t sure I liked it until I raided the fridge for the pitcher a few times. In addition to the salt, there’s a little bitterness from the rinds.
I make the drink as written and then add extra ice and water to my glass.
Give this a try and see what you think. Set yourself up somewhere under a patio umbrella with a good book and sip away.
Thai Salty Limeade
makes about 5 cups
1 cup fresh lime juice (squeeze from limes that have been rinsed well)
all the lime halves the juice was squeezed out of
1 quart water
3/4 cup sugar
pinch good sea salt or Kosher salt
1). Place lime halves in a glass bowl
2). Boil water, sugar and salt together for 2 or 3 minutes
3). Pour over lime halves and allow to sit for no more than 5 minutes (longer and the drink will be very bitter)
4). Strain mixture into a glass pitcher, squeezing lime halves to obtain the liquid they absorbed
5). Strain lime juice into pitcher and mix
6). Refrigerate for at least 4 hours and serve over lots of ice, adding more water, as desired