Summer Drinks with Lemons and Limes

After a busy day at the office there’s nothing we like more than to make the most of the evening sunshine by sitting outside with a glass of something cold and – better still -alcoholic.

These fantastic recipes for drinks with lemons and limes have been taken from Ursula Ferrigno’s book – Lemons and Limes, published by Ryland Peters & Small.

So, here’s a little something for the Summer!



Salty Lime Soda – Serves 2

What you’ll need:

4 tsps. of good-quality sea salt

zest and juice of 4 limes

400ml of soda water

lime slices to serve

plenty of ice!



In a jug, mix the salt, lime zest and juice and soda together with a little iced water. Pour into long, tall glasses and serve with ice and lime slices.



Lemon & Ginger Barley Water – Serves 4

What you’ll need:

125g pot of barley

zest and juice of 4 unwaxed lemons

100g brown sugar

5cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and roughly grated

lime slices to serve

plenty of ice!



Wash the barley and place in a large heatproof jug with the lemon zest, sugar and ginger. Pour 1.2 litres of boiling water over the mixture and leave to cool for several hours. When the mixture is cold, add the juice of the lemons. Strain, and then serve in a glass with ice and lime slices.



Sunday Mojito – Serves 2

What you’ll need:

1 lime, cut into eighths

4 lychees

6 sprigs of fresh mint

6 tbsps. Malibu rum

2 tbsps. lychee liqueur

2 tbsps. pineapple juice

plenty of ice!



Put the pieces of lime into a cocktail shaker along with the lychee and mint, then crush using a muddle. Add the Malibu, lychee liqueur and lots of ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into cocktail glasses and top with the pineapple juice (maybe throw in some extra ice?).



Paloma – Serves 2

What you’ll need:

100ml tequila

150ml pink grapefruit juice

4 tsps. fresh lime juice

2 tsps. vanilla sugar

lime and grapefruit wedges to garnish/serve

plenty of ice!



Put the tequila, fruit juices and sugar into a shaker, add some ice, and shake. Strain into highball glasses part-filled with more ice. Garnish with the lime and grapefruit wedges (we think you’re all good for extra ice with this one!).



Ferrigno Family Aperitif – Serves 1

What you’ll need:

2 tbsps. limoncelo


a slice of lemon

a sprig of fresh mint




Pour the limoncello into a large wine glass and top up with Prosecco. Add the ice, lemon slice and mint. Serve at once.