Two years ago my family and I had the chance to travel to Guyana to visit family and friends that we had not seen in years. One of the best parts of the trip was being able to eat my aunty Loreen’s “hand-cooking” (as Guyanese people would say), on a daily basis. One thing in particular that I remembered her making was limewash; a drink that is similar to lemonade but made with limes and mixed essence instead. It is absolutely refreshing and really delicious on a hot and humid day. Limewash is also known as a lime drink, lime water, limeade, or swank.
I went grocery shopping a few days ago and saw these key limes on sale and the first thing that came to mind was limewash. I decided to head home and make a large pitcher. I put my own spin on this thirst-quencher by adding a few lemons (which I needed to use up) and using key limes.
Key limes are found predominantly in Mexico and the Florida Keys, hence the name. They are about the size of a golf ball and are more sweet and tart than a regular lime. This is why they are particularly used in a key lime pie. When key limes are green they are usually more acidic, once they start to turn yellow, the acidity decreases and the lime actually becomes a lot sweeter. I wouldn’t recommend using yellow key limes for limewash because you really need a tart lime flavor to make this drink.