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Makrut Lime Lemonade


With these hot summer days and nights that we have been having, cool down with a glass of home-made lemonade...with a twist of course. This recipe uses Makrut lime leaves to add a unique lime flavour to the syrup. Great used with cocktails too!

Homemade Makrut Lime Lemonade - Twisted Citrus 

 

MAKRUT LIME LEMONADE

INGREDIENTS
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
10 Makrut lime leaves
1/2 cup fresh lime or lemon juice
2 cups soda water

METHOD
In a small saucepan combine the water, sugar and lime leaves over a medium heat. 

Bring to the boil, lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool and then refrigerate until cold.

Remove the lime leaves. Fill each of 4 glasses with 1/2 cup of syrup, 2 tablespoons of lime or lemon juice and 1/2 cup soda water. Stir, add ice and serve.

NZ MAKRUT LIME LEAVES

Makrut limes are very different to regular limes. Rather unattractive to look at, with a bumpy surface and extremely bitter taste, these limes are not commonly consumed. It’s the leaves that are the star of this plant, and are widely used to add incredible depth to Asian dishes.

Native to Indonesia and used throughout Southeast Asia, they have an unmistakable flavour and fragrance, which is loosely described as a blend of lemon, lime, and mandarin. So unique is their taste, chefs say if you can’t find them to use in a dish, don’t even bother attempting to replace them with something else, you won’t even come close to replicating it!

You may find makrut lime leaves labelled or marketed as kaffir lime leaves, but the word “kaffir” has some negative connotations in ancient Africa, so we choose not to use it.

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