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How to Make Homemade Limeade before the Summer Ends

Updated: Jan 4




When life gives you limes, make a healthy, no-waste Limeade!

Perfect for those hot summer days...Say goodbye to artificial additives and excess sugar – we're about to introduce you to a healthy, no-waste Limeade recipe that not only tantalizes your taste buds but also helps you make the most of every bit of the limes you've got. And just to add a touch of cozy familiarity, we're spicing things up with a hint of cinnamon.


This recipe operates on a NO-WASTE principle; we're committed to using every part of the lime, including the skin. By doing so, we ensure that every drop of juice and the essence of the fruit is fully utilised. Once you have strained all the mixture, make sure you read for some valuable suggestions on how to maximise the potential of the lime skin. These tips will be provided at the end of this article.



Why Limes?


Limes and lemons are both citrus fruits known for their tangy and zesty flavors, but their distinct differences do set them apart, but only slightly:


Taste and Flavor:

  • Typically limes have a slightly more bitter and intense flavour compared to lemons. They often have a tangy, zesty, and slightly sour taste.

Size and Shape:

  • Limes are generally smaller in size, with a diameter that's usually smaller than that of lemons.

Aroma:

  • Limes often have a more nuanced and fragrant aroma compared to lemons. They may have floral and herbal notes that contribute to their unique scent.

Vitamins and Minerals:


Both Lemons and limes are known for their significant amounts of vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin C, which is crucial in helping strengthen the immune function. But did you know Lemons contain slightly more vitamin C (50.6 mg/100g) than limes (39.2 mg/100g). Both fruits also have moderate levels of folate, calcium, and magnesium.


Overall, it doesn't matter what citrus fruit you use; both hold equal or the similar value in flavour, vitamins and aroma. We just thought about trying something different and shine some light on the (sometimes forgotten fruit), Limes

What you need:


This recipe is so easy to make. All you need is:

  • One whole lime (you can also use lemon too)

  • Two tablespoons of honey or dark sugar

  • Cinnamon stick or half a tsp of grounded cinnamon

  • Water 400/500ml

  • A teaspoon of olive oil

  • Baking soda & apple cider vinegar (to wash your fruit)

  • Ice (but not necessary)

You will also need:

  • Strainer

  • Blender or Nurtibullet

  • Bottle

How to make your limeade?


This recipe is for one person; however, I recommend using three limes, triple sugar/honey and 1.5ml of water to create a full jug.

Let's dive in:


1) Thoroughly wash your lime with baking soda or vinegar. This helps remove any dirt you may not be able to see, then dry your lime.

2) Pop the cinnamon, lime, olive oil, and honey into the blender.

3) Blend until liquid and smooth.

4) Grab the bottle or cup you want to pour your liquid in, then use the stainer to pour your mixture in.

5) Then add a few blocks of ice to your drink or a slice of lime for decoration



Image above is the author's limeade drink :)

What to do with the leftover lime skin?

Face Masks


If you have oily skin, creating a lime facemask may be great to clear excess oil that can clog pores and result in facial blemishes and acne. Limes can help unclog pores and prevent the growth of acne-causing bacteria.

You can gently rub it on your face and leave it on for 10-20 mins or add to other ingredients such as oats and honey.


Acidity to Soil


You can dry out the lime skin extract, grind them down even further into a powder once dried out and then sprinkle the powder over acid-loving plants like nasturtium, blueberries and radishes.


Remove stains

Did you know that citrus peels can help remove stubborn stains?

All you have to do is keep your lime skin 'mush' in the stainer, wash it carefully so you remove the sugar, and then add salt. Take the extract out and then put it in the centre of a thin muslin or cleaning cloth. Now you can remove the grime build-up in your microwave or kitchen area. Alternatively, you can clean your tea kettle and stained Tupperware.


Now with our healthy, no-waste Limeade recipe, you can enjoy the summer with the simplicity of fresh ingredients, vitamin C benefits, and cinnamon's comfort. But remember to utilutilize lime skins, so every part of the lime plays an important role.


When life gives you limes, turn them into a glass of refreshing joy!

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