when life gives you limes

Freshly squeezed Bajan limes make the best lemonade. Technically, it is really limeade but who am I to rename a Bajan tradition?

Before coming on our trip, my dentist warned me about the perils of lemonade. Apparently it is very bad for tooth enamel. Being so acid and sweet at the same time is a dangerous cocktail for dental disaster.

Consequently, this taboo has meant one thing since I arrived in Barbados. Isn’t the mind a peculiar thing? So I made up a jug and took my chances by introducing Malibu Coconut Rum to the equation.Β  My theory is that it will take the edge off the dangers that lie ahead. If the Malibu does not make you forget about what the dentist said, gargle with a glass of water immediately afterward and hope for the best. If that doesn’t work, have another. That’s what I did.

You will need:

1 cup of fresh lime juice* (3/4 cup if you prefer it less tangy)

1/2 cup brown sugar*

1/2 cup white granulated sugar

Boil the kettle and add just enough hot water to help dissolve the crystals. Fill the remainder of the jug with as much cold water as possible. Adjust to taste. Add 1 ounce of Mailbu Coconut Rum to a rocks glass filled with ice. Add the fresh lemonade and enjoy. Variations – if you don’t have Malibu, dark rum* works wonders as well. A splash of soda could also be nice.

* preferably from Barbados. Oh, apologies to my dentist. See you in September!


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