After a month in Mexico, coming home is an adjustment, but to ease ourselves back into old routines, yet still hear a whisper of times past, let’s make limonada!
Just like Laylita explains, in Mexico, limonada could be made with lemons or limes, however, I have yet to ever really see yellow lemons in Mexico. I have traveled Mexico City, Puebla, Veracruz, Michoacan, Oaxaca,and Quintana Roo and have yet to see them available anywhere, even in larger supermarkets like Super Aki or Chedraui, where they do carry imported items.
The best places for aquas frescas in Mexico, for me, have always been from La Reyena de Michoacan, sometimes seen as La Michoacana or Our Lady of Michoacan, and this trip was no different. This time we spent our time in the state of Quintana Roo in Puerto Morelos. Let me tell you, July and August are absolutely not the time to visit this part of Mexico. I have never been so hot in my entire life and thanked God everyday for La Michoacana and her Limonada con Chia.
It was really surprising to me that they were adding chia seeds to limonada in Mexico. Chia feels like a very trendy superfood and Mexico with it’s deeper traditional presence shocked me that it had adopted this practice. Although, if I dig deep I’m sure I’ll discover that chia is really an ancient grain like quinoa and the Mayan people or the Aztecs have been using it long before we ever gave it a thought.
Either way, most days this beverage saved my soul after a day’s sweat-fest.
- 2 limes or lemons (quartered)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 8 cups water
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- Into a blender, add 4 cups of water, quartered lemons or limes and sugar. Blend until foamy and limes are crushed and ground well.
- Strain and add to pitcher.
- Mix remaining 4 cups of water.
- Add chia seeds right away or wait until served.
- Serve chilled or over ice.
- I used 1/4 cup sugar and then added stevia to achieve my desired sweatness to reduce the amount of sugar.
I know it seems risky to throw in the whole lime, but give it a try, you’ll be pleasantly surprised, plus you won’t lose all of the added benefits of the natural oils and essence of the fruit. Be sure to wash your fruit well and/or buy organic since you will be eating the outside.
Let me know what you think!