The citrus is beginning to ripen here, and the limes are always first. An excellent crop this year. I’ve juiced a little more than a gallon so far, which I mostly freeze for making limeade.
My limeade recipe (makes one gallon):
Add to a one gallon pitcher:
4 cups ice
3 cups (24 oz.) simple syrup (2 cups hot water, 2 cups sugar, blended until clear)
2 cups (16 oz.) lime juice
water to fill
Note: After I make the simple syrup, I add some ice to the pitcher, and pour the syrup over it. This cools the syrup before the lime juice is added. That way, all of the vitamin C and flavor is retained.
Please enjoy these four pictures of the process, beginning with the dwarf lime tree: