Find out how to make limeade and guava syrup for a delightfully different summer sipper — a Guava Limeade Summer Mocktail. Made with fresh limes, a pitcher of this guava mocktail won’t last long.
So, about my Mom’s over-achieving guava tree… which is STILL listing from the weight of the new fruit that produces guava faster than you can pick it … Mind you, we’ve picked bushels of those fragrant tropical orbs already. We’ve made jams, cheesecakes, sherbets and guava daiquiris — but like Elizabeth Warren — NEVERTHELESS SHE (the tree) PERSISTED… if anyone needs guavas… let me know. Meanwhile, my miniature lime tree is just starting to produce — not a lot, but enough for this summer mocktail — and enough for me to figure out how to make limeade so that it’s tart and sweet and perfect… Let’s get to it.
How To Make Limeade
You need about half a cup of lime juice for this guava drink, and limes can be persnickety. I’ve cut into limes that happily give a quarter cup of tart juice and others that are so stingy, I barely get a tablespoon full. Optimize your yield, by rolling the limes on a countertop pressing down firmly with the palm of your hand for 20-30 seconds. Then heat the limes in a microwave in two 5-10 second intervals. It’s not going to change the amount of juice in the lime, but it should increase the amount you can get out of it.
- Squeeze the limes until you have 1/2 cup of lime juice. This could take two limes or it may take seven — it really just depends on the lime. Pour the lime juice into a pitcher.
- To sweeten the limeade, you need sugar, but since we don’t want a gritty limeade, making a sugar simple syrup is a great way to tame the tartness of the lime. Add sugar and water to a saucepan and heat just until the sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool.
- Once the simple syrup is cooled to room temperature, add it to the lime juice.
- Now comes the decision time: Do you want a standard limeade or bubbly limeade? If you want still, add 4 cups of cold water to the lime mixture. It can be refrigerated and kept for several days
- If you want sparkling limeade — add 4 cups of cold club soda or seltzer water. Since it’s bubbly, it won’t have the staying power of the still water… So gather your friends as soon as you add the bubbly.
Guava Limeade — Summer Mocktail with a Twist
In my house, with the moniker “food blogger” stamped to my forehead, a standard limeade just doesn’t cut it. Because I had a surplus of guava syrup, (and guavas and limes are such complimentary flavors) this lime – guava drink was practically a given. The lip-smacking result was far from ordinary. Try this recipe for an easy guava vanilla simple syrup to kick up the flavor in this summer mocktail.
Add the chilled guava syrup to the prepared limeade and stir with a wooden spoon. I like to give it a taste to see if it needs adjusting — more lime, more guava or more water — but you could also “adjust” with some rum, vodka or sparkling cava if you’re inclined.
Guava syrup is fragrant and tropical — and this one steeped with a vanilla bean is softer and more complex than a straight up guava syrup. It balances with the limeade and the outcome is a summer mocktail like you’ve never tried before. Guava limeade refreshes too. It’s not overly sweet or cloying and it’s just the thing on a warm afternoon.
I had several taste testers involved in recipe development for guava limeade and this summer mocktail was unanimously approved with the tasters going back for two and three glasses — just to be sure….
Since we’re coming up on a long three day weekend, and we’re going to want some refreshing libations for our barbecues, picnics and cookouts, I’d recommend a few pitchers of this guava limeade summer mocktail, especially if you’re entertaining. Have a great Labor Day!
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- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup guava vanilla simple syrup <<< click the link
- 4 cups water or sparkling water
- sliced limes
- fresh guava
- mint leaves
- Juice enough limes to equal 1/2 cup of lime juice. (It depends on how juicy your limes are, but typically 4-6 limes is enough. Pour the lime juice into a pitcher and add the squeezed limes.
- In a small saucepan, combine the water and sugar. Heat over medium high heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Set aside and cool to room temperature, about an hour.
- Remove the squeezed limes from the lime juice and discard.
- Add the cooled sugar mixture and guava vanilla simple syrup to the lime juice. Stir to combine.
- Add water or sparkling water to the pitcher and stir well. Taste the limeade and adjust to your tastes -- adding more lime juice, guava simple syrup or water as needed.
- To serve, fill a glass with ice and pour the guava limeade over the ice. Garnish with lime slices, chunks of guava or a sprig of mint. Enjoy!
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