I acknowledge that my posts have been few and far between lately. Well, to make it up to you all I asked Buck Swenson, the Master Chef in the Test Kitchen here at Traveler Bill Towers to create a summer beverage to share with all the loyal readers of Traveler Bill. It took some doing, but below is the recipe for Traveler Billemonade.
Makes 2 quarts
1 cup white sugar
1 cup water
zest of 1 lemon in strips from a peeler
1/3 to 1/2 juicing orange
5 small limes
6-8 medium lemons
1/4 cup mint leaves
1 quart ice
1 quart cold water
Start out by making a simple syrup. Add the sugar, water and lemon zest strips to a small sauce pan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil then simmer for three minutes. Remove remove from heat and let cool uncovered. When completely cooled remove the zest with a slotted spoon
Juice the orange, 4 of the limes and as many lemons as needed to get 1 cup. Before measuring be sure to strain, removing seeds and pulp from the juice. Slice the remaining lime and 1 lemon and remove any stems that may be attached to the mint leaves.
In a half gallon container combine the ice, strained juice, 2/3 of the simple syrup and cold water, stirring to combine taste the mixture and add the remaining simple syrup if too tart for your palate. Stir in the lemon and lime slices, along with the mint and enjoy an afternoon of delightful beverage.
For the complete lowdown of the entire Billemonade experience, please feel free to check out Traveler Bill Industries Director of IT Matilda Dundee-Read’s personal blog, curiousely located at Jenelle.net. There are pictures and an account of the company 4th of July picnic.