Thursday, 28 February 2013

simple, refreshing kaffir limeade

simple, refreshing kaffir limeade.

It's the end of February, and those of us in Melbourne, Australia, are flitting between hot, sweltering stretches and cool, wet episodes. You might say it almost feels tropical.

So let's talk about kaffir limes today. You may be more familiar with kaffir lime leaves, which was featured in this blog last year (see my chilli kaffir tamarind tofu recipe here). The kaffir lime fruit, however, while edible, seems to fall by the wayside and go largely unnoticed, unloved.

Kaffir limes have an interestingly rough, squiggly, bumpy skin, the zest of which can be used. The ones I buy at the markets are usually the size of golf balls. They tend to have many seeds, and yield only a small quantity of rich, yellow juice. The taste is sharp, almost pungent and herbaceous, which may need some getting used to. Due to its distinctiveness, I prefer to use it lightly, and pair it with ingredients that take its edge off a little, while still showcasing its unique flavour.

I sneakily added it to my jalapeno sour cream dip/spread a while back, and it works well there because it is but a squeeze of juice, buried within the spicy, tangy dip, just enough to impart a hint of exotic.

to me, kaffir limes look like little round puzzle balls, or mini green brains.

In this easy recipe, however, kaffir limes are the star of the show, mellowed only with honey, water and ice. The honey softens the sharpness of the kaffir limes, and you can use as little or as much water and ice to dilute and cool as you see fit.


simple, refreshing kaffir limeade (serves 1)


1 kaffir lime (yields about 1 tablespoon kaffir lime juice)
1 tablespoon honey, or, to make it vegan, maple syrup (I used raw honey)
1 cup water
1 small handful ice cubes

Stir together kaffir lime juice, honey, and water until all is mixed/dissolved.
Add a few ice cubes, stir again, and serve.

P.S. Feel free to adjust the ingredient quantities to suit your taste buds!

try this easy kaffir lime fruit recipe and make yourself some kaffir limeade!

37 comments:

  1. A very refreshing drink (plus I love lime, so that's definitely a win-win!)
    However, I've never ever seen a kaffir lime before in my life! It seems we don't have those in Europe at all. :)

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    1. It grows mainly in Southeast Asian countries (and they are cultivated in Australia too), so that may be why you don't see them all the way over in Europe!

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  2. Just today I was wondering about kaffir limes - this post came at the perfect time! Your description of them has cleared up a lot of confusion for me. I've never seen them available in my area, but I'll have to check into that and see if I can get my hands on some. Wonderful post!

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    1. Thanks, I'm glad you found my post helpful! :)

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  3. Ooh my friend has a tree and was wondering what to do with the limes..I think I will have to take a few off his hands!

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    1. Sounds like a plan! And kaffir limeade has to be one of the easiest, simplest things to do with them. :)

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  4. Looks perfectly refreshing. Aaaaaand now I'm really thirsty.

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    1. I can think of at least one way to quench that thirst! ;)

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  5. Sounds fantastic! I've only ever used the leaves but will keep an eye out for the fruit. They do look like puzzle balls!

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    1. For me, they occasionally pop up really cheap at the markets (bargain tables at closing time are where I usually get adventurous), so yeah, do keep an eye out! :D

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  6. Oh, wonderful! I hate the fact that it's officially not summer anymore but because it looks like we'll be getting some beautiful weather in Melbourne this week, this drinks looks like the perfect beverage to enjoy after work!

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    1. Yes, incidentally, the weather is so lovely today! :)

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  7. Oh awesome, and you're so right about the fruit being neglected.

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    1. Indeed, I'm hoping this post will help rescue more kaffir limes from being discarded! :D

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  8. Looks delish! Shame its been basically winter weather since autumn started here in Sydney! Have you tried to add some ginger to it? I think it'll add a refreshing spice to it!

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    1. Thanks, Sam Bear, I'm sure ginger would be a nice addition! Actually, I even have a ginger-lime shandy recipe buried in this blog somewhere. :D

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    2. I just looked the ginger-lime shandy recipe up! It sounds really tasty~ I just made some candied ginger and have a jar full of ginger syrup - I think I'll go make it!
      Ps: 'Sam' is fine ^_^ Bear just happens to be filled into the 'last name field' haha

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  9. You always make the best sounding light and refreshing drinks!

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  10. Love it! Farewell Summer :( It switched over very quickly here in Sydney. Howling winds, rain and storms.

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    1. We had those one or two weeks ago, but now it's all fine and sunny again!

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  11. Awesome! I have them growing in a pot on my front porch and am dying to pick the fruit and use it. Thank you for sharing such inspiring recipes.

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    1. Thanks Lizzy for your kind words! Hope your kaffir lime tree grows well! x

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  12. Looks so refreshing esp since it been so hot pheww!

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  13. Looks good leaf, though I've never seen
    a keffir lime in Italy (we do get the leaves).
    I don't suppose an ordinary lime would do it...

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    1. And ordinary lime will still make a lovely limeade as I'm sure you'll know, but I guess it won't help if you're curious about the distinctive herbaceous quality of kaffir lime!

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  14. I've never thought to use the juice of kaffir limes, only the pretty leaves. Will have to try this next time. I bet this would be great heated up in winter, as well! x

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    1. The juice of the kaffir lime fruit is sharp like the leaves, but have a distinctive character of their own that's hard to describe. :)

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  15. I love normal limes and I love kaffir lime leaves, but have never tried kaffir limes. This looks like a perfect drink for this sweltering weather!

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    1. Ah just saw your comment! It is a refreshing drink for sure. :)

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  16. I've never seen a kaffir lime out here but I love the lumpy bumpy look of them. I'll have to see if I can track some down!

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    1. They are quite odd and interesting, aren't they? Hope you find some.

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