If I had to choose an official beverage of summer, limeade makes a pretty good candidate for the honor. I often associate this refreshing brew with street fairs and markets, and love how it perfectly blends sweet and sour.
While exploring around the colorful menagerie that is Eastern Market, a combined farmers' market and flea market in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of D.C., I wandered through the food vendors, not quite sure if any would be gluten and dairy-free.
When walking by the Freshmobile booth, which was stocked with fresh fruit and veggies, I was offered a sample of their unique limeade, which is unlike anything I have tasted before. Impressed by the drink's refreshing flavor, I bought a full serving on the spot.
Why The Freshmobile stands apart from other limeade stands is their unique way of crafting the beverage, which they call a "fresh." Each starts with whole limes (rinds and all), that are blended with sugar and strained to create a slushy consistency. Next, you can choose to add many fresh herbs and spices to give your limeade added dimension.
The fresh brew that caught my tastebuds off guard was the limeade made with mint. The drink had the unmistakable sour-sweet flavor of the lime, but the mint added a soothing burst of distinct flavor. It wasn't too sweet, and the texture made the beverage melt slower so it kept its flavor and form for enough time without turning it into a liquidy mess. Mint and lime are so soothing, so pairing them together in a fresh is a sure crowd pleaser.
Now that summer is in full force here in D.C., I will be making a point of stopping by Eastern Market more often to pick up this frozen concoction. I want to play around with other flavor combinations on the menu, and supper the enthusiastic staff, who are clearly passionate about their product. This limeade is novel, refreshing, and downright delicious, which is all I need to name it my new favorite drink of summer.