Un Sabor de Mexico (A Taste of Mexico)

We've been spending a lot of time outside lately. Swimming in and lounging by the pool. Fortunately, we've got dozens of big oak trees that provide great shade, so even though it may be nearing (or even over) 100 degrees, we're comforted by the cool water and the tall oak trees. And the dogs splashing us as well...

When we lived in Mexico, we sipped on many limonadas and naranjadas during the wretched summer months, but there was always a pool nearby, the ocean, the ocean breeze and the rains that quickly cooled us off. Other than agua de jamaica or other flavored fruit water, these were our favorite non-alcoholic drinks of choice.

David recently got creative and made a limonada-naranjada. This is a combination of lime juice, orange juice, a pinch of non-caloric sweetener and sparkling water. It's a tasty treat that both refreshes and wistfully reminds us of our years spent living in Mexico. Just without all the headaches...

Now that Mexico is no longer on our list of travel hot spots, this bebida at least makes us feel like we're in Mexico.

Buen provecho!

The Cowgirl Gourmet's Cowboy came up with this one

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David loves to drink iced tea, fruit juices and anything that refreshes him when it's scorching hot outside. I, on the other hand, generally just drink water. But this combination of fresh fruit juices and sparkling water is unbelievable. It's neither too sweet, too watery or too anything. A great way to quench your thirst but also satiate your desire for something other than water...

Depending on the size of your glass, you may need to play with the amounts of these ingredients. You want it to be neither too tart from the lime juice nor too sweet from the OJ nor too watery.

Serves 1

2 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
2 teaspoons non-caloric sweetener (we use Ideal these days)
1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
Sparkling water (we use Topo Chico)
Quarter of lime

In a tall glass or glass of your choice, add the lime juice and then the sweetener and stir to combine. 

Pour in the orange juice and stir again. 

Fill the glass with ice and then pour the sparkling water just below the top of the glass. 

Squeeze the lime quarter in the glass, drop it in the glass and stir well.

Sit back, relax and enjoy...

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