Growing up in Laos and Thailand, my mother only cooked with limes. It wasn't until she immigrated to the US did she see a lemon firsthand. My parents have lived in the US for over 30 years, and have never bought lemons at the grocery store. Limes are a perennial staple for Asian cooking. In the summer months, my mom makes large batches of Thai Limeade (น้ำมะนาว) to keep us cool during the hot sweltering weather.
1/4 cup hot water & 1 cup chilled water
3.5 tablespoons white sugar (or two tablespoons honey)
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/3 cup ice
In a heat proof glass (or pyrex measuring bowl with a spout), mix together the hot water, sugar and salt.
Add lime juice and chilled water. Stir until well incorporated. Set aside and refrigerate.
When you are ready to serve, add ice into a tall glass. Pour the limeade mixture into the glass. Serve with a straw. For garnish, you can add lime wedges or sprigs of mint.