A little help from the BOH, and a great drink!
I was talking with a chef/friend of mine the other day about favorite summer drinks and he turned me on a great way to get the most flavor out of muddled limes.
Cut the ends of the lime
Set the lime upright and slice down the center
Lay one half down flat and cut into four ewdges
Stand each wedge upright aagain and slice away the center pith
Cut 2 or 3 slices trough the meat of the lime.
Why do all this? The center pith can add bitterness to your drink, and by removing it you have a btter flavor. Also, cutting the “pockets” inside the fruit will allow the muddling process to release more juice.
The drink that brought this discussion on was the Caipirinha (kai-pur-EEN-ya). This is the national drink of Brazil made with Cachaca (ka-SHAH-sa). Cachaca is similar to carribean rum except is is made from raw sugar cane instead of processed sugar or molasses.
1/2 limes (4 wedges)
1 T cube (white or raw)
2 oz Cachaca
Muddle the limes and sugar. Add ice. Pour in Cachaca and stir to combine.