Last month, for a minute, it looked like we might get summer early. Temps were in the 90s and we all pulled out our shorts and sandals. But then…it was over. We should have known better, because it happens almost every year. On one of those nice days before the sun disappeared I was making lime bars to take to a party. I was a little short on time, so instead of juicing limes I bought some bottled lime juice in the produce section. I wasn’t sure how much I needed when I was at the store, so I overbought. A lot. It was fresh juice, so it wasn’t something that was going to last long in the fridge, so I was left trying to come up with a way to use it.
I had recently featured limes in one of my Friday Favorites collections, so I had lots of options. I really wanted to try the Brazilian Lemonade recipe from The Recipe Critic, but it called for fresh limes rather than just juice, and those whole limes are a pretty integral part of the recipe. However, as I was reading I started to wonder if I could bounce off of it to make a little different version. Somehow alcohol snuck into the picture, and then it just felt like I should freeze it.
This is one of those drinks that just makes you want to sit in a lawn chair while you sip it and enjoy the sun. The only thing I’m sad about is that I didn’t have a little paper umbrella to put in it.
Frozen Lime Cream Pie Cocktail
6 cups cold water
1 cup sugar
Mix well and set aside.
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 1/2 cup lime juice
14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
3 cups sugar water (from above)
Blend in blender until smooth. Stir in the remaining sugar water and 1 cup of rum (for a non-alcoholic version, simply leave the rum out). Measure 1 – 2 cups of liquid into a quart size freezer Ziploc bag. Repeat with remaining liquid. Freeze 6 – 8 hours.
Remove a bag from the freezer and squish the contents around a bit. Cut off one corner and squeeze the frozen drink into a glass. Add a straw and enjoy!