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Minted Lime Licuado

Minted Lime Licuado

Yesterday I was flipping through a cookbook when I stumbled upon a beverage recipe for a Minted Lime Licuado. A quick perusal of the ingredient list assured me that this drink was definitely something I was going to want in my belly. Mint, lime, and crushed ice come together to make this iced drink—really, what's not to love? Still, one question remained.

What on earth was a licuado?

Minted Lime Licuado

Thank goodness for the internet and it's infinite source of wisdom (some days I'm really not sure what I'd do without it). After a quick search, I found all I needed to know.

A licuado is a popular Latin-American drink that is slowly forging its way into American culture. Typically made with milk, fresh fruit, and ice, you can think of it like the Latin-American version of a smoothie. However, they are not to be confused with the smoothies we know and love. Licuados are much healthier, have a thinner consistency, and contain much less sugar than the conventional smoothie (who knew?). Licuados can also be made with water instead of milk, which brings me back to this particular licuado.

While definitely not an "authentic" recipe (I'm fairly certain using frozen limeade concentrate is considered blasphemy to the traditional licuado), it makes this drink a snap to make. I think a drink that is this delicious and simple to prepare is something we all can get behind, authentic or not.

Minted Lime Licuado

This Minted Lime Licuado is cool and utterly refreshing. Reminiscent of a mojito without the alcohol, the flavors of the lime and mint blend together beautifully. The crushed ice gives this drink texture and keeps it cool long after you start drinking. This drink would go perfectly with a side of chips and salsa and the next sunny afternoon.

Minted Lime Licuado
Adapted from The Eating Well Dessert Cookbook

Yields 1 2-cup serving

1/4 cup frozen limeade concentrate
3 tablespoons (small handful) mint leaves
1 cup water
5-6 large ice cubes

In a blender, combine limeade, mint leaves, water, and ice cubes. Blend until smooth. Pour into a cold glass, garnish with mint leaves, and enjoy!

Reader Comments (6)

ummm...that looks yummy. conundrum...what happens if there is no frozen limeade in my part of the world? what would the recipe be?
05.6.2011 | Unregistered CommenterPookette
Pookette-- Very good question! I would substitute the juice of 1 lime and tablespoon of sugar for the frozen limeade concentrate. You may have to add more sugar to taste, but this is the closest substitute I can think of. If you try it, let me know how it works!
05.6.2011 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
I enjoy minty drinks .. and this looks just perfect for the season..
05.6.2011 | Unregistered Commenterkankana
Wow! I love, love your blog! I found you via foodgawker and I've just spent the last 2 hours on your blog. I even decided to create a separate folder for your recipes! Thank you!
05.6.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
Saw this recipe yesterday, and made this for my family today for Mothers day! Mom loved it so did my siblings. And my bf LOVES this recipe!!! Thank you! <3
05.8.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJasSethi
Amy-- Wow, what a compliment! I hope I can keep making recipes you'll love!

JasSethi-- You're welcome! I'm glad this worked out so well for your family.
05.8.2011 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau

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