Ginger Lime Cooler is the answer to many questions. Like what is the most refreshing drink on a hot summer day. Or what’s an easy crowd pleaser for a backyard party? Or what can be made many different ways according to what you like and still be amazing?
We know how popular this awesome drink can be because it is the signature beverage at Pounders Restaurant, our lead eatery at the Hukilau Marketplace. In fact, we highly suggest you try it when you come to visit us at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
But just in case you need something chill right now, we are going to give you 2 completely different recipes that will both taste equally incredible plus a few other options to customize this cooler to your personal preferences. Let’s start with the fresh ingredients version. Obviously, we should start with the limes. Here’s a hint: to get the most juice from your fresh limes, let them sit out on the counter until they are room temperature before juicing them.
Version #1 – Fresh and full of aloha
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (approximately 8 limes)
- 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup boiling water
- 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
- cold water
Place 3/4 cup water and finely grated ginger in a small saucepan. Remember, a little bit goes a long way with ginger – you do NOT want to over do it on this. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat, and add sugar, stir.
Let it sit for approximately 5 minutes to let the sugar dissolve, stirring every minute.
- Cool for 1/2 hour.
- Add the lime juice to sugar water and stir.
Pour into a 2 quart pitcher.
- Stir in enough cold water to fill the pitcher.
Serve over ice.
Here are some variations designed towards personal preferences:
- For a healthier version, I substitute honey for the sugar. Follow the same instructions as Version 1, adding the honey first into the boiling water.
- Want to really pump up the nutrition? Use coconut water for the last addition of water. I live on an island surrounded by coconut trees, so I have a constant fresh supply, but even using canned or bottled coconut water is a plus.
- Would you prefer a little ‘pop’ of fizz? Use seltzer water instead of plain water for that last step.
Version #2 – Quick, but equally delicious
- 1 can of frozen limeade
- 1 16 oz. bottle of cold gingerade (look in the bottled juice section of your grocery store)
- Approximately 25 oz. of carbonated water
- Open frozen limeade and pour (or scoop if fully frozen) into a 2 qt. pitcher.
- Add entire bottle of gingerade
- Use seltzer to fill up to 2 qts. Stir and serve,