I'm late getting this posted, but I've been, if not at Death's door, then at least in Death's zip code. It kept me from getting this to you on the 28th as promised.
I intended also to have an elegant stemmed glass to show it off in, but we're doing what we can, here. I doubt if anyone would want to drink the pictured glass, refreshing though it may seem, because I coughed all over it.
However, you can make your own.
The non-alcoholic beverage is...(drum roll)..Fresh Limeade!
You will need to purchase:
1. Limes--figure two limes for each guest.
2. Club soda--Figure 8 oz. for each guest.
3. Marischino cherries for garnish
Step number 1 is to make the simple syrup. This needs to be made several hours ahead of time so that it can cool in the refrigerator.
The ratio is 2 cups sugar to 1 cup water. (This will be enough simple syrup for about 6 8-oz glasses of limeade. )
Mix the sugar and water together and bring to a boil, stirring until all the sugar is dissolved. Pour into a jar and refrigerate.
Making the Drinks:
When the syrup is cool, squeeze the limes. Mix 1 cup of lime juice to 2 cups of simple syrup, stirring well. You'll have 3 cups of this mix that you can keep in a quart jar or plastic container.
For each drink: In a 12 oz glass, add 1/2 cup of the syrup/lime juice mixture. Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of club soda. Add ice and gently stir.
Add a slice of lime and marischino cherry for garnish.
This is a great summer drink as well, but it's suited for New Year's celebrations because the limes are so plump and juicy at this time of year.
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