Apple Limeade

In the depths of Summer, I am looking for anything that will help me beat the heat.  One of my favorite flavors is lime and apple juice.  This recipe fits both of those very well.  You can add different flavorings to mix this recipe up for a million different varieties.

Variations:

  • Salted the rim of the glass (pictured)
    • Turns this beverage into a Mock-Margarita
  • Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Strawberry Nectar (pictured in the background) 

Apple Limeade

Serves 6
Meal type Beverage
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Cold
Occasion Barbecue, Birthday Party, Casual Party, Football Party
From book Williams-Sonoma Entertaining with the Seasons

Ingredients

  • 12 limes
  • 4 Cups unfiltered apple juice
  • ice cubes as needed
  • 1 bottle sparkling water
  • 2 Small granny smith apples (halved, cored and sliced)

Directions

Step 1
Cut 10 of the limes in half and juice them. This should yield about 1 cup of juice. Reserve 6 squeezed lime halves and discard the rest.
Step 2
In a large pitcher, stir the lime juice and combine with the apple juice and the reserved lime halves. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or as much as 12 hours to blend the flavors.
Step 3
When you are ready to serve, cut the remaining 2 limes into 6 slices each. Fill a large serving pitcher half full of ice and then add the sparkling water, lime slices and the apple slices. Strain the apple juice mixture with a fine-mesh sieve into your serving pitcher and stir. Pour into tall chilled glasses over ice and serve immediately.

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