Finding the right amount of lime juice in a recipe can be tricky. Many recipes call for a lime or lemon slice to be used as a measure for juice, but this can be very variable.
Limes can range in size quite a bit, and even if you have a large lime, it may not contain much fleshy pulp. A thin-skinned lime can also yield very little juice due to its thick skin.
If a recipe calls for a lime slice and you have an average-size lime, then you are at risk of having too much juice! This is not what the recipe writer wanted.
How much lime juice is needed per one hundred grams of whatever ingredient? This question was answered by an expert in culinary science and answered in the link below.
Peel and chop into quarters
When measuring lime juice, you can measure by the drop, but most recipes call for a set amount. Most recipes require a ratio of one part lime juice to two parts coconut milk.
If you are making your own coconut milk, you need one full cup of shredded coconut meat to two cups of water to make the cream. This makes about two cups of coconut milk.
So, if your recipe calls for one cup of coconut milk, then you need one full cup of lime juice and two cups of coconut milk. You would just have to mix them together before using in the recipe.
If your recipe calls for half a cup of coconut milk, then you would need half a cup of lime juice and one and a half cups of coconut milk. They would have to be mixed before using in the recipe.
The best way to measure lime juice is to use a measuring spoon or container that holds one ounce.
Measure out 1 quarter of a lime for each oz of liquid
Now that you know how to measure lime juice, let’s talk about how to use it in recipes! The best way to add lime juice to a recipe is by measuring out 1 quarter of a lime for each ounce of liquid the recipe calls for.
So, if your recipe calls for one cup of liquid, use one quarter of a lime for each cup of liquid. This way, you will not need to measure the lime separately in the recipe.
It is best to do this with juices that contain no additional flavors, like water or milk. If the juice contains spices or flavor enhancers like cilantro or garlic, then you can still use this measurement ratio but you may need to add more lime juice.
That’s all! Simple, right?
Now that you know how to measure lime juice, you can start making recipes! There are plenty of recipes that require lime juice, from cocktails to ceviche to chicken dishes.
Many recipes also call for limes, which you can break down and use the zest and juicing method as described above. This way, you have enough limes for your recipes and have some left over for when you need more in the future.
If you are looking for inspiration, check out some of our recipe posts here on RecipeHatch. There is a whole collection of seafood recipes that would be delicious with a splash of lime. Some are even already made with lime juice!
Hopefully you learned something new today and can start using this simple tip in your kitchen.
Use this simple formula every time you make a drink with lime juice
When making drinks with lime juice, you can use this simple formula to ensure that you have the right amount of lime juice in your drink every time!
To make a single serving drink, measure 1 oz of liquid (the alcohol component of the drink) and add 3 drops of lime juice. For example, if you are making a mojito, measure out 1 oz of alcohol (rum) and add 3 drops of lime juice to the glass with the crushed ice.
To make a larger batch drink, measure 1 oz of liquid per 1 cup of liquid in the drink. Then add 3 tablespoons of lime juice. This means if you are making a jug of lemonade, measure out 1 oz of liquid per 1 cup of lemonade and then add 3 tablespoons of lime juice.
This formula works for any kind of drink- whether it be soda, water, or mixers.
Now you can make the perfect drink every time!
Making mojitos can be quite the challenge, especially if you are making them for other people. People like to be able to make their own drink, so giving them all the lime juice and sugar will help them do just that.
Most people would just pour in the rum and muddle the lime with the sugar, but then you would not get that subtle lime flavor. The trick is to pour in some of the lime juice before adding the alcohol.
The alcohol acts as a carrier for the flavor, so you need enough to do that.
Drink ideas: margaritas, mojitos, lemon drops
Once you have a full bottle of lime juice, there are plenty of ways to use it. Margaritas are a classic cocktail that is perfect for spring and summer.
To make your own margarita mix, you will need tequila, lime juice, and agave or sugar. You can also add grapefruit juice, orange juice, or cranberry juice for variation. For the sweetener, again you can use agave or sugar.
The ratio for a good margarita is one part tequila, two parts lime juice, and one part sweetener. Mix these together in a shaker with ice and shake! If you want your margarita frosty, just put some ice cubes in the shaker before adding the other ingredients.
You can also drink your lime juice straight up! It makes a nice refreshing drink on hot days. You can add some sugar to make it more of a lemonade-like taste.