Lime is often the secret ingredient in many cocktail recipes. A good cocktail will bring out the different palate flavors including bitter, sweet, sour, and salty. The lime brings in the sour flavor in a drink. It helps to balance drinks and makes alcoholic cocktails less powerful, allowing you to drink more.
Lime juice is both sour and acidic, allowing it to blend well with sweet flavored ingredients. It pairs well with a variety of tropical fruits such as pineapples, mangoes, and oranges. The right amount of lime will make your drink revitalizing and crisp. Here are three must-try recipes.
This is a simple yet delicious Brazilian lime cocktail.
- One lime
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 ounce of vodka
- 4 ice cubes
Wash the lime and cut it into four sections.
Place the lime inside a glass and then add sugar.
Crush both the lime and sugar
Add the ounce of vodka and ice cubes
This cocktail takes about five minutes to prepare and serves one. Increase the amount of ingredients you use depending on the number of people you want to serve.
- 2 parts of aged rum
- Ice cubes
- 1 ¼ parts of simple syrup
- ¾ part of lime juice
- ½ part of orange Curacao
- ¼ part orgeat almond syrup
- 1 mint leaf
- 1 pineapple wedge
- 1 cherry
- 1 lime wedge
Put several ice cubes in a shaker and add in all the other ingredients. Shake this mixture thoroughly and strain the drink into a glass with some crushed ice. Use the lime and pineapple wedges, cherry, and mint leaf to embellish your drink.
Mango and Lime Smoothie
This is a creamy non-alcoholic drink. The yoghurt makes it an invigorating and tasty summer drink. Lime yoghurt or any brand with a tropical flavor is a great choice for this drink. You can also use rum instead of the yoghurt if you prefer something alcoholic.
- 1 cup of low-fat yoghurt
- 2 tablespoons of lime juice
- Ice cubes
- 2 tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar
- 3 mangoes
Peel and pit the three mangoes and cut them up into 1-inch pieces.
Put the mango pieces into a blender and add the lime juice, yoghurt, sugar, and ice cubes. Blend this mixture until it is smooth and creamy.
Use margarita glasses to serve the drinks.
The portions in this recipe will serve four.
Fresh lime juice is the best option when you try these drinks recipes. Get limes and squeeze them out yourself just before you prepare the drinks. Fresh limes have an acidic flavor and this is exactly what you need to bring out the best taste in your cocktails. Use a citrus press to help you get as much juice as possible. You can also roll the lime on a flat surface to make it easier to juice. Store-bought lime juice can be used as an alternative when you cannot get fresh limes. But it will not give you the same taste.
Experiment with ingredients when you try these recipes. You can eliminate the alcohol or add another beverage to make your preferred cocktail.[Image Credit]