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Lime & Ginger Drinks

Debra Redalia

 


 
When I used to drink soda (a long time ago!) I used to always put a squeeze of lime in my ginger ale.

But once I started looking for ways to eliminate refined sugar, I was very happy to discover I could get that ginger-lime combination

 

Ginger Limeade

I had been seeing ginger limeade around…on a cooking show…in a rack of fresh juices…

One day I was making a recipe that called for the juice of half a lime. I had this other half lime so I just squeezed it into a glass and…ginger limeade!

This is so much fresher and alive than any other ginger limeade, and a great pick-me up. Try it!

Make it fresh to get all the benefits of the lime and ginger.

INGREDIENTS
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving

  • 1 lime
  • fresh ginger
  • a tray of ice cubes made with filtered water
  • filtered water or sparkling bottled water

INSTRUCTION

  1. Squeeze the juice of one lime into a pint-sized glass.
  2. Using a fine grater, grate ginger into the glass. I use about 1/4 teaspoon, but start with a small amount and then add more after you add water and taste.
  3. Put the ice cubes in the glass and then fill with water.
  4. Stir and serve immediately.

 

Lime-Ginger Cooler

This Lime-Ginger Cooler is a nice change from Lemonade.  more ideas on sweetening cold drinks with natural sweeteners, see Sweetening Cold Drinks with Fruit JuiceSweetening Cold Drinks with Simple Syrup (which covers honey, unrefined cane juice, rice syrup, barley malt syrup, and date sugar), and Sweetening Cold Drinks with Stevia.

INGREDIENTS
Makes 2 servings.

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 slice fresh ginger
  • juice of one of large lime (3 tablespoons) or more to taste
  • 1 1/3 cup sparkling water
  • ice

INSTRUCTION

  1. Add the slice of ginger to the boiling water and steep until you have a strong ginger tea (5-10 minutes, to your taste).
  2. Fill two 8-ounce glasses with ice (I like using stemmed glasses).
  3. Divide the lime juice between the glasses.
  4. Add and mix in sweetener, if desired.
  5. Top with half the ginger tea in each glass and add ice and sparkling water to fill.
  6. Serve.

 

Ginger Ale

Light and sparkling, ginger ale has always been one of my favorite drinks. The addition of vanilla in this recipe adds a wonderful depth of warmth to the spiciness of the ginger.

INGREDIENTS
Makes about 3 cups concentrate.

  • 4 cups water
  • 4- to 5-inch piece of ginger
  • fruit juice or simple syrup to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a wedge of lime
  • sparkling water

INSTRUCTION

  1. Peel the ginger and cut it into slices.
  2. Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the ginger and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Strain the liquid into a heatproof glass container and add the stevia and vanilla. Stir to dissolve.
  4. Store in the refrigerator until cold. Serve over ice with an equal amount of sparkling water and a wedge of lime.