Costco is my achilles heel. A shoppers paradise filled with tempting treats bundled into jumbo packs of jumbo savings, luring you in to fill your basket to tsunami proportions with giant tubs of laundry detergent, huge chunks of cheese and enough Aspirin to clear up Hillary Clinton’s “flu” a hundred times over.
All sounds good so far, right? Well, living in a one-bedroom condo and with there being just the two of us “retail regret” hits as soon as our savings hit the kitchen counter. Every single time we fall for the hypnotic charms of Costco, entering it’s doors with the shortest of shopping lists and leaving with a trolley so loaded we can hardly push it to our car. As a result we are yet to make a dent in that giant tub of coconut oil – a source of contention between my husband and I for the past 6 months – have enough green tea bags to open a Japanese Tea House and have toilet rolls squeezed into every crevice, cupboard and drawer imaginable.
As my brother and parents were flying over to visit (Happy Birthday for yesterday Mum!), we decided a trip to Costco was in order. Two hours later we proudly returned home laden with snacks, candies and a giant crate of Corona Light. The very next day, in a totally unfounded panic, we returned to said store for the obligatory sackful of limes we had forgotten for our Corona’s – as well as more toilet roll, tortillas and a jumbo pack of canned tuna.
Now just one week later, our family has returned to the UK and we are still fully stocked with snacks, candy, Corona Light and limes. So I am now left with the dilemma of what to do with a sackful of limes before they expire. Having trawled through countless recipes for Key Lime Pie – my limes are NOT Key Limes!!! – this Limeade Recipe from Simply Recipes simply stole the limelight – excuse the pun!
This super refreshing recipe is a great day to night drink – serve “as is” to enjoy during the day, then add a shot (or two) of white rum to make a Mojito at night! I like to serve this drink with a sprig of fresh mint and large (slow-diluting) ice made in my fave Tovolo Ice Moulds for a super trendy, professional looking cocktail – the Duck Ice Cubes are super cute for kids’ drinks!
Limeade with Mint
Grated Zest of 1 Lime
1 Cup Lime Juice, Freshly Squeezed (from 4-6 Limes)
¾ Cup Granulated Sugar
3 Cups Water
Fresh Mint Sprigs
Add the sugar, one cup of water, and the lime zest to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once the sugar is completely dissolved, set aside to cool for a few minutes.
Using a fine strainer, or muslin cloth, strain out the lime zest.
Add the lime juice, remaining water and a few mint sprigs (optional).
Chill in the fridge for an hour or so, if using mint, to allow the mint to infuse the drink.
Serve over ice with a sprig of fresh mint for garnish.
Recipe courtesy of Simply Recipes: Limeade with Mint