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Cilantro-Jalapeño Limeade

Photo: Romulo Yanes; Food Styling: Simon Andrews; Prop Styling: Helen Crowther
Hands-on time 12 mins
Total time 3 hrs, 42 mins
Yield Serves 8
Jalapeño adds a subtle kick, and cilantro brings grassy, herbal notes to classic limeade. Adults might like to stir in a little tequila.

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
  • 2 large jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 9 lime wedges, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lime juice (about 10 limes)
  • 4 cups ice

Nutrition Information

  • calories 155
  • fat 0.0 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 0.2 g
  • carbohydrate 41.3 g
  • fiber 0.2 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.1 mg
  • sodium 56 mg
  • calcium 7 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro and jalapeño. Let stand 30 minutes. Pour jalapeño mixture into a large bowl; cover and chill at least 3 hours.

  2. Combine 2 tablespoons sugar and salt in a shallow dish. Rub rims of 8 glasses with 1 lime wedge. Dip the rims of glasses in sugar mixture.

  3. Strain cilantro mixture through a fine sieve over a bowl, discarding solids. Stir in lime juice. Fill each prepared glass with 1/2 cup ice. Add 3/4 cup limeade to each glass. Garnish with remaining 8 lime wedges.

Also appeared in: Cooking Light, June, 2012;