You probably don’t need much advice on using up your Local Box limes. It’s the season for margaritas, salsa, beer and guacamole! However, in Texas, you can’t champion the Texas heat very long without being well-hydrated. If you’re ever feeling lethargic or tired during the day, it’s usually due to dehydration.
There are plenty of sports drinks available on the shelves, but most of those are loaded with sugars and corn syrup and stuff we don’t know how to pronounce.
Forget sports drinks. I’ll introduce you to the world’s first “Gatorade”. My relatives in India introduced me to this and trust me, it’s AWESOME. This drink is a staple overseas, where the temperatures get very high and air conditioning is the highest luxury.
A little water, lime juice, turbinado sugar (or regular sugar), salt, and pepper will be exactly what your body needs.
Why salt? When you sweat, (that means you have to be doing something other than sit on the couch), you are also excreting sodium through your pores, and your body’s salt level needs to be replenished. Here’s an excellent article about hydration. Enjoy all that you have planned for this summer, but stay hydrated!
Sweet and Salty Limeade
Limbu-Pani is a lot like lemon-lime sports drinks, but WAY better! You’ll want this and NEED this during the hot summer months! Most families in India have a batch ready to drink to stay hydrated in the brutally hot summer months.
2 cups water
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice with pulp
4 Tablespoons turbinado sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
lime slices for garnish
1. Combine the lime juice with the sugar, salt, and pepper. Mix well until most of the crystals have dissolved. The mixture will have an amber color from the turbinado sugar. Lime pulp and pepper will settle at the bottom.
2. Add water. Taste for desired sweetness and adjust accordingly. Dilute if desired.
3. Just before serving add ice, if desired.