After reading this, you’re going to start grilling limes immediately! At least you will if you know what’s good for you. The idea of a Grilled Lime Cocktail just sounded so dreamy, I had to make it happen. Now that the weather is finally warming up around here, it was time to finally see if my idea lived up to the hype.
I ordered the Umami Seabass with Miso, and naively asked if it came with a side dish. I love food, what can I say?! The waitress said, “Of course! It’s served with a grilled lime.” We clearly have a difference of opinion on what constitutes a side dish.
Differences aside, when I tried the “side dish” I was blown away at how grilling it completely transformed the flavor of the lime. It was much more mild, not quite as sour, and the perfect amount a little smoky. I immediately envisioned a summer filled with grilled lime cocktails.
When the weather hinted at warming up (finally!!), I threw my limes on a grill pan because I was far too lazy to uncover my grill just for limes. I grilled them over medium-high heat for about five minutes, until they were slightly charred. To my surprise, they were even juicier after grilling. It was everything I had hoped! And maybe more.
I was craving a Grilled Lime Southside, so that’s what I made! The hint of simple syrup balances the smoky lime perfectly. This will be my go-to drink this summer I can already tell!
Try substituting grilled lime in your favorite drink recipe and let me know how it turns out!
Grilled Lime Cocktails
Grilled Lime Southside
- 2 oz. gin
- 3/4 oz fresh grilled lime juice
- 2 grilled lime wedges
- 1 oz simple syrup
- 2 sprigs of mint
- In a shaker, muddle one mint sprig with the limes, and lime juice.
- Add the gin and simple syrup and shake well.
- Pour into a glass over ice and stir until glass is frosted.
- Top with soda and garnish with the remaining mint.