Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Non-alcoholic Beverage to Toast the New Year

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
4. Sugar.

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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elleskiles said...

thanks for the drink. sounds refreshing and sparkly. i hope you can shove your sickness in an envelope and mail 'it' to death's zipcode:)

Kari Pike said...

sounds yummy, Liz, just like everything you create! I sure hope you are feeling better and that you can start the new year on the mend.
sending you healing hugs~

Monique said...

Didn't realize you've been sick. Heard you coughing though glad your better! Great drink by the way.

Janeen Steer said...

Greetings! I came across your blog today and read your recipe. It sounds absolutely lucious! Can't wait for payday! I realize that New Years Eve/Day have come and gone, however, this tasty treat must not wait!

Thank you kindly for sharing!

Liz Adair said...

Thanks, all, for your comments, and Janeen, welcome to my blog.

By the way, you can make these individually. Use 1/2 to 1 lime, depending on how juicy it is and about 1/4 to 1/3 cup simple syrup in a glass. Stir together and add the club soda.

You still have to make the simple syrup, but you can make it ahead and store it in the fridge.

When I was a teenager, drug stores had soda fountains--an area with a bar where you could by refreshments. In addition to ice cream sodas, milkshakes and sundaes, you could get other fountain drinks. Fresh limeade was one of them.