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Sparkling Jalapeno & Cilantro Limeade

jalapeno cilantro limeade

Happy Sunday!

I hope everyone is enjoying a nice, summery week-end!

I myself have been having a great week-end (primarily because I am NOT at work in the lab).  I have been working so frequently on the week-end that I forgot what it was like to have a week-end!

To make things even better, we are having some pretty decent weather…not too hot…not too cold…and no rain!  (Knocking on wood as I write this).

Perfect for curling up on the deck with a good book (or trashy magazine) and a nice, cold, fizzy drink.

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Confession:  I actually made this drink last week-end.

And I’ve kept this recipe from you for a whole week.

My apologies!

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Another confession:  I actually, sort of, made this drink last summer.  In the form of a margarita.  It was pretty amazing.

In fact, it stuck out so vividly in my mind that I decided I had to make it again, sans-alcohol.

But don’t worry….it is very easily alcoholized.  Just add a shot of silver tequila.  Bam!  Margarita.

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Please, don’t be scared off by the idea of cilantro in your drink!  It’s actually an amazing twist to your plain old limeade.  And the jalapeno adds some kick.  It can add as much or as little kick as you’d like :)

I have a bunch more cilantro drinks planned out.  Stay tuned.

For now, make yourself one of these delicious drinks, and settle down in the shade to enjoy!

Sparkling Jalapeno & Cilantro Limeade

Serves 1
Prep time 1 hour
Meal type Beverage
Traditional limeade gets an exotic twist with the addition of jalapenos and a cilantro simple syrup.

Ingredients

cilantro simple syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves & stems (diced)

sparkling jalapeno & cilantro limeade

  • 1 shot cilantro simple syrup
  • 1/2 jalapeno (de-seeded and chopped finely)
  • 1/2 lime (juiced)
  • 1/2 can club soda

Directions

cilantro simple syrup
1 Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar. Add cilantro, reduce heat, and simmer, covered for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool. Strain cilantro leaves/stems prior to use.
sparkling jalapeno & cilantro limeade
2 In the bottom of a glass, muddle jalapeno slices with the handle of a wooden spoon. Add ice, and remaining ingredients.

Note

To make this a margarita:  Add one shot of silver tequila and omit the club soda.

Depending on how spicy you'd like it, you can alter the amount of jalapeno (this also depends on how spicy your jalapenos are!)

Recipe adapted from Today’s Nest

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