flavored water for the nausea ::::
This is my answer to a poor man’s limeade, those without the time of squeeze enough limes to make true limeade and without the number of limes to do so. It is still a refreshing drink, and even tolerable for those of us with a bout of first trimester nausea still hanging on a little longer than expected. Delving into fruity drink recipes is my focus for the blog right now, seeing as my pre-pregnancy love of caramelized onions and tonkotsu ramen have disappeared for the time being. Lauding the flavors and joyful experiences of eating food in writing with descriptive adjectives and imagery is halted for now, or at least with a narrow focus. Be satisfied with fairly objective presentations that I’m forced to write until after week 16 of pregnancy or so (so soon!).
The problem with dripping honey directly into your lime juice is that it will never mix properly. The best way to solve this problem is to make a simple syrup from the honey to ensure a more homogenously-mixed drink, but no lack of layers of flavor.
- Lime Water: seltzer water
- juice from 2 limes (1 lime per glass)
- Honey Simple Syrup with ginger: 1 part honey (non-creamed)
- 1 part water
- about an inch of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
- Heat gently honey and water over medium heat to just simmering. Add ginger slices. Remove from heat.
- Cool completely, remove ginger slices, and refrigerate syrup. May be kept for months refrigerated.
- Squeeze juice from limes into each glass.
- Assembling the drinks: Obviously, it is to your preference on sweetness level, so my taste-testing is just a guide. My husband often likes his citrus drinks more sour than I do, so there is always a back-and-forth between us on how much sweetness is needed when I mix up a batch of freshly-squeezed citrus drink.
- For each glass, I used less than 1 ounce (<40 ml) of lime juice, almost 4 ounces (120 ml) of honey syrup, and then topped it with seltzer water in a 10-ounce glass. Stir, taste and adjust sweetness. If your syrup and water are pre-chilled, no need for ice. Garnish with a couple slices of fresh ginger.