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Refreshing Mexican lime water or limonada: Agua de limon by Karen Hursh Graber © 2006

This beats any lemon or lime ade I've ever tried. Its sweet-and-tart zing makes it a good substitute for margaritas if you want to serve appetizers without alcoholic beverages. The recipe comes from my consuegros, Teresa and Enrique. ( Consuegros literally means "co- inlaws" and is used in reference to the parents of your son - or daughter-in-law.)


  • For each serving you will need:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar

Peel a little less than half the rind off each lime.

Discard it or save it for a recipe using lime zest.

Cut the limes in quarters and put them in the blender with all of the water and sugar.

Blend on high setting for five seconds; longer blending will result in bitterness rather than the sweet-and-tart flavor the drink should have.

The lime wedges will still be in chunks.

Pour the contents of the blender through a strainer into the serving pitcher or individual glasses with ice.

Link to source articles
The Mexican lime: a double duty fruit
Mexico's delicious fresh fruit drinks: Aguas frescas


Published or Updated on: January 1, 2006 by Karen Hursh Graber © 2006
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