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Apple Limeade

To vary this quick and easy drink, add 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves or 1 Tbs. peeled and finely grated fresh ginger to the juice mixture before refrigerating. Seek out unfiltered apple juice, also sold as sweet apple cider, for its intense apple flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 12 limes
  • 4 cups unfiltered apple juice
  • Ice cubes as needed
  • 1 bottle sparkling water
  • 2 small Granny Smith apples, halved, cored and sliced

Directions:

Cut 10 of the limes in half and juice them. You should have about 1 cup juice. Reserve 6 squeezed lime halves and discard the rest.

In a large glass jar or pitcher, stir together the lime juice, apple juice and the reserved lime halves. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 12 hours to blend the flavors.

When ready to serve, cut the remaining 2 limes into 6 slices each. Fill a large serving pitcher half full with ice and add the sparkling water, lime slices and apple slices. Strain the apple juice mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into the pitcher and stir. Pour into tall chilled glasses over ice and serve immediately. Serves 6.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Entertaining with the Seasons (Free Press, 2010).