|Chanh Muối Đá (Vietnamese Preserved Limeade on Ice)|
I made this drink with the intention that maybe it will help soothe my sore throat. I had a case of pharyngitis since yesterday and it was getting worse. It is difficult for me to imagine that such a drink could resolve my symptoms almost instantly. But within 5 minutes of drinking I was cured. Perhaps this is all in my head or it is truly a magic drink!
Chanh Muối Đá (Vietnamese Preserved Limeade on Ice)--makes 1 drink
1/2 of one Vietnamese Preserved Lime, sliced into 3 thin slices
2 Tbsp Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
1/2 Tbsp Vietnamese Preserved Lime liquid
About 1 cup Italian Sparkling Natural Mineral Water
Ice cubes or crushed ice
3 thin slices of fresh limes, (optional)
1-2 sprigs of spearmint, (optional)
Gently muddle the Vietnamese Preserved Lime slices with the syrup. Add the Vietnamese Preserved Lime liquid, mineral water, ice, and fresh lime slices. Stir and add a slice of fresh lime and spearmint for garnishes.
Simple Syrup (makes 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
Heat the sugar and water until the sugar melts. Let the liquid cool down completely.
*1:1 ratio (I use the same dry measuring cup for both the sugar and water for simplicity). I use the cup to measure the sugar first and then the water.
*May add more sugar if you prefer a sweeter drink.