We were having a running debate about whether or not there are actual lemons in Puerto Vallarta but then yesterday I found actual lemons in a bar. I don’t go for mixed drinks so I did not know lemons are required to make margueritas, which is why we found lemons in a bar servicing Gringos.
In general, Mexicans don’t seem to know much about lemons, only limes. And they call limes limons. Yellow limes. Limons amarillo. In Spanish it is called limonada regardless of whether you are using limes or lemons.
We find only limeade is available. Lemonade, here, is made with limes. While I like lemonade, I like limeade even more. So it’s fine with me when limeade shows up at the table.
I used to make limonada the hard way: squeezing the juice out each lime or lemon, but one day I was shocked when I saw someone mix whole limes, several cups of water and sugar in the blender. I was sure that it was going to be a disaster because the rind was going to ruin it.
The limonada was blended and strained and as soon as I tasted it, I was amazed at how good and refreshing it was.
The rinds actually enhanced it, there was a tiny bitter taste but it was subtle and really made the drink better.
You can make this limeade or lemonade by just throwing the whole limes or lemons in the blender, but it does make it a little bit easier to quarter them. Also, on the sugar side, I don’t like my limeade or lemonade too sweet so I usually add a little bit less. But most people seem to like their lemonade or limeade sweet.
My rule of thumb is 3-4 cups of water per each lime or lemon, but you can also adjust that based on how concentrated you like it and the size of the lemons/limes.
One minor drawback is that while this limeade or lemonade is very refreshing it does tend to get bitter if left out for too long, so it should be consumed on the same day it is made, on a warm day that shouldn’t be much of a problem.
Limeade or Lemonade Recipe
Mostly people squeeze lemons and limes but instead try this:
- Place two quartered limes or lemons in a blender with 3-4 cups of water and approximately ½ cup of sugar, more or less based on your preference.
- Blend until the limes or lemons are completely pulverized. The mixture should be slightly foamy with a whitish color.
- Strain the lemonade and add 3-5 more cups of water.
- Serve with or without ice based on individual preference.
- Add mint for a nice treat.
Enjoy! This goes great with a warm sunny beach on the side.