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Shikanji (Limeade)

Last Summer we had a crazy long heatwave.  Crazy for the PNW (where temps rarely rise above 75) and looooooong because it lasted, now don't laugh here, about a week.  And, YES, that IS long for us PNWesterners.

I was catching up on some emails, and this recipe from Bon Appetit caught my attention.  It was a drink I'd never heard of before.  I had all the ingredients on hand and whipped up a batch.  And OMG.....it was AMAZING!  Not only did it completely cool me down, but, it was fabulously tasty.  Equal parts sour and salty with the barest hint of sweet.

It's a recipe you can EASILY adjust depending on your tastes.  Add more, or less salt.  More, or less, sweetener....you get the idea.

And a big bonus -- you can leave this as a mocktail OR whip up a batch for your next warm weather party.  Have tequila, vodka and gin on standby for people to add if they want.

Recipe from Priya Krishna, Bon Appetit

Shikanji (Limeade)

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Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 7 limes  (be sure to get nice heavy limes, the heavier the lime - the more juice inside)
  • Water
  • Ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup  sugar  (you can also honey)
  • 1 teaspoon  salt
  • 1 teaspoon  pepper


  • Juice all 7 limes and add the juice to a blender.
  • Using the measurements on the side of the blender, make note of how much juice. Depending on the limes you should get about 1 - 1 1/2 cups of juice.
  • Double the amount of juice, and that's how much water you now add to the blender.
  • Add 1 cup of ice cubes, sugar, salt and pepper.
  • Blend until foamy.
  • The next step is VERY important -- TASTE. If it's too salty for you, add more honey. If it's too sweet, add another 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  • Pour into chilled glasses.
  • OPTIONS for serving:
  • * Sprinkle with extra pepper
  • *Top off each glass with a little club soda
  • *Rim each glass with lava salt
  • *Add to blender --- tequila, vodka or gin -- for a cool cocktail
Have you made this recipe?I'd love to know! Leave a comment or recipe rating and tag me @amenuforyou on social media!

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