It’s always cold every winter in Kansas, but we usually get a lot of sunshine, which is cheerful even when you’re freezing. This year it’s been cloudy almost every day. I was hoping for a break from gloom when I went to southern California in mid-January, but it rained there, too. I did get some sunny days, too, so I’ll stop whining. While there, my daughter and I visited long-time friends Jan and Richard. Their yard is a small orchard of citrus trees — Meyer lemon, key lime and blood orange. Some years their harvest is so huge they don’t know what to do with it all, partly because everyone with tree is experiencing a boon year, too.
I was happy to take a few pounds of their key limes off their hands, which I hauled home to snow-covered Kansas.
When I visited them in January, we squeezed a lot of key limes to make this refreshing limeade. They use a sugar syrup to sweeten it. The recipe for that syrup is in the link below to Richard’s sangria. They have a handy citrus squeezer, which made the job go quickly. I bought one when I got home, although I don’t know when I’ll use it again. Click for the sugar syrup recipe, as well as a tasty Sangria Recipe.
All photographs are of Jan and Richard’s key limes.