Sparkling pineapple limeade
We’ve arrived at those sweet “lazy days of summer.” In my family, at least. Sam’s summer basketball is at an end, vacation is over, sports camps have come and gone. Now it’s time for the kids to spend the day in the pool and for me to sit on the deck with a cold drink. I’m hoping I’ll make a dent in my pile of books before school starts, and nothing goes with a good summer read like an icy beverage. Well, maybe chocolate, but I digress.
I’m forever trying new summer drink recipes, so the pineapple I picked up this week became destined to meet the blender. I pureed a small pineapple, then strained it through a fine mesh sieve. The original recipe just called for pineapple juice, but I don’t find the canned juice to be as sweet and flavorful as a fresh pineapple. I did, however, opt for using refrigerated lime juice. I’ve never noted much difference between fresh and bottled in other summer ades, and I didn’t happen to have any limes.
I liked the flavor combination of this pineapple limeade. It’s bright and refreshing, and the sweet pineapple comes through to counter the tartness of the lime. Jim said he’d have preferred it with plain old water instead of the seltzer water. At first I disagreed, but I think I’d prefer it sans bubbles too. Next time.
Recipe: Sparkling Pineapple Limeade
(adapted from Real Mom Kitchen)
1 small, ripe pineapple, peeled and cored (or 3-3 1/2 c. of canned pineapple juice)
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. lime juice
1 liter sparkling water
lime and pineapple slices, to garnish
Cut prepared pineapple into chunks and puree in blender. Strain pineapple puree with a fine mesh sieve. Add sugar and lime juice; stir until sugar dissolves. Add sparkling water and fruit slices just before serving. Serve over ice.