Friday, August 5, 2016

Chanh Muối Đá (Vietnamese Preserved Limeade on Ice)--makes 1 drink

 
Chanh Muối Đá (Vietnamese Preserved Limeade on Ice)
When I was a little girl living in the Mekong Delta (in Vietnam) one of the favorite drinks for many people was Chanh Muối Đá or Vietnamese Preserved Limeade on Ice. This drink is made from preserved limes. The drink is mildly salty and sweet with lots of ice. It is quite refreshing especially in the heat and humidity of the tropics. I add the fresh lime slices and the spearmint for a nicer presentation. Check out my previous post on how to make Chanh Muối (Vietnamese Preserved Limes).

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

Ingredients:

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)

Method:

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)

Ingredients:

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water

Method:

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.

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