I have a theory that extreme temperatures turn adults into children.
It doesn’t matter which end of the thermostat we’re talking about, I have seen severe weather turn even the most straight laced, uptight adult into a swooning child.
Let’s examine this hypothesis further.
Take snow storms for example. Yes it’s a pain to shovel your driveway. It’s absolutely inconvenient to navigate icy sidewalks with work shoes on. And there’s no denying the extreme irritation that is peeling off and putting back on layer after layer after layer of clothing whenever you need to go anywhere.
But seriously, you know you want to throw that snowball.
You can’t resist the urge to stop, drop and make a snow angel.
And if you could, you would absolutely bust out that old school Snow Saucer that you have hidden in the back of your garage and rip down the closest hill at top speed.
You know you want to. And you probably will at some point when no one’s looking.
These days, we’re contending with the other end of the spectrum: it’s so hot out that you probably can’t even think straight. I mean really, really, really hot.
So what are you thinking about? Running through the sprinkler on your front lawn. Cannonballing into the nearest pool. And lots and lots of sweet, icy treats. You know it’s true.
So these shave ices are right up your alley.
Sweet, tangy candied lime mixed with delicious hibiscus & lime syrup and cool, refreshing shaved ice. Perfect!
And these couldn’t be easier to prepare. So now you can take a few more trips through the sprinkler.
Enjoy and stay cool!
Hibiscus Lime Shave Ice Recipe
Makes: 6 individual shaved ices
- 1 lb. Mexican (Key) limes
- 2 c. white sugar, granulated
- 2 c. water
- 4 c. ice, shaved or crushed
- 1 c. Lemonbird Lime & Hibiscus Syrup
- Prepare the limes by slicing them approximately 1/4” thick, removing and discarding the seeds, and discarding the rounded edges of each piece of fruit.
- Place the lime slices, water and sugar in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Cook at a slow boil for approximately 30 minutes; the flesh and rinds of the lime slices will become darker and the flesh will appear slightly crystalline.
- Meanwhile, gather your serving dishes and prepare your ice by smashing or grinding it to a crushed, spoonable consistency.
- Once your lime slices have boiled for at least 30 minutes, drain and remove them to a parchment-lined baking sheet to cool. They will cool and harden quickly. After a few minutes, roughly chop them and toss them in a bowl with your shaved ice.
- Working quickly so your ice doesn’t melt, spoon your lime and ice mixture into your serving dishes. Finish your shave ices by pouring the syrup over top and garnishing each dish/cup with a full lime slice.
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