Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A Subtle Return - Fresh Mint Agave Limeade

Hello, quiet followers. Summer is well underway (practically over) and I'm finally attempting to put this little blog back into the swing it deserves.

And speaking of Summer, this refreshing beverage is perfectly tart and soothing all at once.

Here's what you'll need:

6-10 fresh, juicy limes (feel free to adjust number to taste)
2 tbsp raw agave nectar (again, feel free to adjust to taste, and going "raw" just ensures it hasn't gone through any wonky processing - honey would also be an apt substitute)
1 handful of fresh mint
2 quarts cold water
This is so incredibly simple. Juice those limes (one of this little juicer dishes works wonders but your hands will still be sore by the end) and pour the juice into a tall pitcher. Cut or tear the mint into smaller pieces, allowing the leaves to bruise and emit their flavors and toss those into the pitcher as well. Add a cup or so of the water stir in the agave nectar until dissolved. Add the rest of the water, make any final taste adjustments, add the ice and serve!

(Lime rinds make a nice garnish and a splash of gin may just push this to an excellent cocktail choice)