What is an ade?
An ade is a fruit based, sweet and cold drink, like limeade or lemonade usually made with fruit and honey/sugar. It can be made with different types of fruits like pomegranate, sweet limes, lemons, mangoes, peaches, plums and lots more.
I’m going to show you how to make a simple limeade. The process is exactly the same for any fruit you use!
-Clean wash cloth
-Sterilised Glass Jar
Step 1- Cleaning the fruit
If you are using any fruit with the skin on, you’ll need to wash it properly.
First, rinse the limes.
Then take a hand full of baking soda and rub it all over each lime, scrubbing off any chemicals, mud or impurities.
Soak the limes in room temperature water for 15 minutes.
Take the limes out, rinse them out in hot water and pat dry.
Tip : Use a pair of tongs and roll the limes around in a large vessel filled with the hot water.
Slice up your limes and weigh them.
Add the same amount of sugar as the wight of the limes. The lime and sugar should be equal proportions.
Mix both well in a large bowl.
You will need a sterilised glass jar – to sterilise your jar follow the steps below:
-Boil water on your stove top in a vessel filled only a quarter full.
-Once the water comes to a boil add your glass jar along with the lid upside down into the boiling water.
-Boil the glass jar for 15 minutes
-Take out the jars with tongs or a cloth, be careful at this stage as the jars will be hot.
-Leave the jar out to dry for a while.
Transfer the sugar and lime are mixture into the sterilised dried jar. Do not leave behind any sugar in the bowl.
Sprinkle some more sugar on top before sealing the jar.
To seal the jar cover the top with cling wrap and place the lid on.
Put your limeade in the refrigerator for up to two days and let it sit. The sugar will break down with the limes and form a lovely syrup.
To make your drink put a few slices of lime along with the sugar syrup in a glass, add some ice and pour over some soda, sprite or cold water. Stir well and enjoy!
This mixture stores well in the refrigerator for days. I’ve stored mine for more than a month now.
See you next week busy bees!