Last summer, my good friends Sav & Elise had a pop-up at a weekly outdoor event. I went a few times, and one of my favorite things that he served was limeade. On humid, 90 degree days, it was the most perfect thing ever.
Before Sav & Elise moved to Maine, I had him teach me how to make a few of his dishes. but I had forgotten all about the limeade. So, I googled. And put some things together. And at the last minute tossed in a few dried hibiscus flowers. And ended up with this.
It’s so amazing that this color is natural. No scary dyes or chemicals. Just a tablespoon of dried hibiscus flowers steeped in the ginger syrup for a few minutes. I bought a ridiculous, 1 lb. bag of dried hibiscus flowers around Valentines Day for a recipe, so I’m constantly looking for new uses for it. Not to mention another use for those enormous bags of limes from Costco (besides margaritas…) So here you go. Super simple hibiscus-ginger limeade.
- 3.5 cups of water
- 1 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
- 3/4 – 1 cup of sugar (at 3/4 cup, it’s still quite tart…)
- 3 T. of minced ginger
- 1 T. of dried hibiscus leaves
- In a small pot, bring 1 cup of the water, the sugar, & the ginger to a boil, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved. Once sugar is dissolved completely, lower the heat to a simmer, add the hibiscus, and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.
- In a pitcher, combine the remaining water and lime juice. Pour syrup through a fine strainer, and then add the syrup to the pitcher. Mix well.
- Not necessary, but if you want to make this into a more grown up beverage, add an ounce of vodka over your ice, then pour in the limeade and stir.