There are some things that are so delicious, it baffles me to discover how simple they are to make. This is ginger limeade is one of those. After spending a morning touring the mountainside and rice terraces of Ubud, Bali, I thought I was going to melt. I was hot. And sticky. And tired. But having fun just the same! Upon arriving at the Four Seasons Bali at Sayan for lunch, I was handed a cold drink that looked like lemonade, but one sip had me feeling completely restored. It was cold, yet packed a spicy heat, zesty, yet sweet. It was their signature Balinese gingerade and I had not one, but three of these within the span of a half hour. Yes, I liked it that much.
Balinese cuisine is known for fresh ingredients, lots of fragrant roots and spices, and a focus on wellness (Really, the whole island feels like a yoga studio. Read more about my experience getting balanced in Bali).
I have a few step-by-step photos to go with the recipe below. It’s fairly easy. We make a pitcher of this ginger limeade every Sunday. Sometimes, it even lasts us until Tuesday. It’s so good it’s usually gone.
Start with simple ingredients …
Peel and slice the ginger …
Pulverize the ginger using a food processor, then pour 4 cups of hot water to make a tea. Let it steep for 10 minutes.
Juice the limes …
Add lime juice to a pitcher …
Strain the ginger tea into the same pitcher as the lime juice …
Add the honey to the lime and ginger mixture. Stir well.
Then add 4 more cups of water and serve on ice.
Gingerade Recipe – A Refreshingly Sweet Ginger & Lime Drink
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- 5-6 Fresh Limes
- ½ Cup Honey
- ½ lb Ginger Root (About the size of your hand)
- 8 Cups Water
- Carefully peel the ginger root using a carrot peeler or sharp knife and then cut the root into smaller pieces. Don't worry about removing all the skin since you'll pass the juice through a strainer.
- Add the ginger pieces to a food processor and pulverize to a chunky pulp. Add the ginger to a tea pot.
- Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, then pour the water over the ginger in the tea pot as if you were making tea. Let it steep for 10 minutes.
- While the ginger is steeping, roll the limes between your palms and the counter top to loosen up the juices. Then cut them in half and juice the limes using a citrus reamer or juicer and pour the lime juice into a pitcher.
- After the ginger is finished steeping, pour the ginger tea through a mesh strainer into to pitcher with the lime juice. Next ddd the honey and stir until dissolved.
- Add the remaining 4 cups of water, or for a natural ginger ale, add 4 cups of seltzer water instead.