Calling all thirsty preggos slash mojito-drinking, citrus-loving, all things sweet, cold, and fizzy-fanatics! Today I’m sharing the recipe you’ll be drinking all summer long – Sparkling Mint Limeade – plus a light and luscious pizza dinner to go with it.
Happy pizza Friday, btw. :)
As you may know, I’ve been on a Chick-fil-A lemonade kick this entire pregnancy (only 8.93593 weeks to go, but who’s counting?) The tartness. The sweetness. The CRUSHED ICE. Needless to say I cannot get enough, which is why I decided to make its twisted sister at home so I can enjoy a frosty glass anytime I want. Limeade, friends, spiked with mint and BUBBLES. Forget the drive through, all you need is 4 everyday ingredients to make Sparkling Mint Limeade at home.
Real talk, the first time I took a sip of this yummy drink I did an awkward jig in my kitchen over how perfect it is. Super tart, just sweet enough, a hint of minty mojito flavor – all poured over a frosty glass of crushed ice. Refreshing to the max. I will be drinking these ALL summer long.
Before we go on I need to tell you that this fun and fizzy recipe is brought to you by the folks at Freschetta. I’ve been working with Freschetta for a few years developing recipes that pair well with their awesome gluten-free frozen pizzas. Yes, that’s a thing! Not only are their pizza crusts preservative-free and certified by the National Celiac Association (formerly known as the Celiac Support Association), but they’re made with recognizable ingredients and DO NOT TASTE GLUTEN FREE.
A reader once told me she had to dig the Freschetta pizza box out of the recycling bin after eating to double check that it said gluten-free – she just couldn’t believe how “real” it tasted. That’s how good these pizzas are, and the new Gluten Free Spinach & Roasted Mushroom Pizza and Gluten Free Tuscan Style Chicken Pizza flavors, which will be available starting this month in select markets, are no exception (here’s a product locator.)
To celebrate, Freschetta and I are offering two ways to try their new gluten-free pizzas,
Freschetta Gluten Free Tuscan Style Chicken Pizza features grilled chicken, roasted vegetables, mozzarella cheese and red sauce, while the Gluten Free Spinach & Roasted Mushroom Pizza is made with a blend of mozzarella cheese, spinach, roasted portabellini mushrooms and a creamy onion sauce.
To eat a frozen pizza with creamy white sauce vs red sauce felt very exciting to this Celiac, and I figured it would for my fellow gluten-free peeps out there too, so I wanted to especially highlight the Gluten Free Spinach & Roasted Mushroom Pizza today.
Each pizza is topped with big bites of roasted mushrooms and chopped spinach, and takes just 12 minutes to go from this…
Crispy crust, creamy sauce, cheesy toppings – so, so tasty. Truly I would never know this was frozen – it tastes exactly like the gluten-free pizzas I used to get from small, local pizza shops (which I don’t eat at anymore for fear of cross contamination) except I can keep it on hand to eat whenever a craving strikes. I am so thrilled to have this pizza in my life!
And even more thrilled to have these easy, Sparkling Mint Limeades to serve alongside!
How to Make Sparkling Mint Limeade:
All you do is combine 3/4 cup fresh lime juice (5-6 limes) 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons white sugar, plus 1/4 cup packed fresh mint in a measuring cup.
Whisk the ingredients together until the sugar has dissolved, semi-muddling the mint in the process, then refrigerate until chilled. The longer the mixture sits in the fridge, the more the mint flavor will come through.
When you’re ready to drink, strain the mixture into a pitcher through a fine mesh sieve to remove the mint then slowly stream in 2-1/2 cups club soda – aka the “sparkle” in Sparkling Mint Limeades!
Give everything a gentle stir then pour over glasses of ice and garnish with lime slices and fresh mint. SO refreshing, SO special-tasting – you will suck these babies down. I hope you love both this cheesy, gluten-free pizza and yummy drink recipe – enjoy!
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Sparkling Mint Limeade
Sparkling Mint Limeade is the ultimate thirst quencher! Tart, just sweet enough, and with a hint of bubbles, it's a non-alcoholic drink recipe you'll love.
- 3/4 cup fresh lime juice (5-6 limes), plus extra slices for garnish
- 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons white sugar
- 1/4 cup packed fresh mint, plus extra for garnish
- 2-1/2 cups club soda (not seltzer or mineral water)
- Combine lime juice, sugar, and mint in a 2 cup (or larger) measuring cup then stir until sugar is dissolved, muddling mint in the process. Refrigerate until chilled (the longer you refrigerate, the more mint flavor you will taste in the final drink.)
- Pour the lime/mint mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher then slowly pour in club soda and stir gently. Pour limeade into 8oz glasses filled with ice then serve with extra limes and mint.
This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.