NƯỚC ĐÁ CHANH / VIETNAMESE LIMEADE
Vietnamese limeade is Viet Nam’s equivalent of lemonade. Like its American counterpart, limeade is a great drink for a hot summer’s day. It’s a popular refreshing drink that you will most likely be able to order at any and all restaurants in Viet Nam.
Fun fact: both lemons and limes are referred to as ‘chanh’ in Viet Nam. The separation comes from the colors—green ‘chanh’ or yellow ‘chanh.’ But because limes are more prominent in Viet Nam, if you just say ‘chanh’—you will be preferring to limes. It’s like American bacon and Canadian bacon…
The ingredients to a perfect glass of limeade are very simple and straightforward: water, sugar, ice, and lime. If it’s too sour, add more sugar. If it’s too sweet, add more lime juice. Some will like it sweeter. Others will like it sourer.
My tip is how you should cut the lime. I always see people cut lemons and limes straight down the middle, both horizontally and vertically. This is not the correct way to cut if you want to get the juice out. My husband cuts this way and it drives me crazy!
Place the lime upright. Imagine a small isosceles triangle right in the middle, cut along the sides… this way, you’ll avoid the core. You should end up with one bigger piece and two smaller pieces (like the photo below.) Always cut vertically if the goal is to get the juice. The only time I cut horizontally is when I cut slices for decoration.
After I get the juices out, I toss the remaining pulp into the glass as well. The juice sacs are already broken during the initial squeezing, so throwing it into the drink will suck out any remaining juice.
Vietnamese LimeadePrint Recipe
- 1/2 lime
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- Cut lime into three pieces, avoiding the core (as shown in the photo above.)
- Add water to a 16 oz glass.
- Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
- Squeeze lime juice into the glass. Add remaining lime pulp.
- Add ice.
Use whatever kind of ice you prefer... diced, crushed, cubes... whatever makes you happy.