Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thursty Thursdays - Guava Lime Coolers

Someone could have reminded me that I missed last week's Thursty Thursdays post. Tossing back too many of those coconut lime libations, are we? Anywho, moving right along with my tropical theme, I want to share with all of you my love for guava. The richness of its sweet and tart flavors are magical to me and I can spend hours inhaling its mesmerizing scent. I used to love the smell and taste of Kern's guava nectar as a kid and can now think of a hundred different ways to punch up a summer afternoon with its essence. Behold: the guava lime cooler. If this doesn't transport you to a tropical island getaway, I don't know what will! Alcoholics, rejoice: this one has a bit of the good stuff to give you a hazy (and much needed) mental vacation. Bottoms up!

Guava Lime Coolers

To make simple syrup, in a measuring cup, stir together 1/4 cup superfine sugar in 1/4 cup hot water until dissolved. Let cool. This recipe makes 3 fl. oz. syrup and can be doubled or tripled as needed.


  • Ice, as needed 
  • 18 fl. oz. guava nectar 
  • 9 fl. oz. white rum 
  • 3 fl. oz. fresh lime juice (from about 3 limes) 
  • 3 fl. oz. simple syrup (see note above) 
  • 24 fl. oz. sparkling water, or as needed 
  • 6 lime wedges
  • 6 straws


Fill 6 highball glasses with ice.
In a pitcher, stir together the guava nectar, rum, lime juice and simple syrup. Pour the mixture into the glasses and top each with a splash of sparkling water. Garnish each drink with a lime wedge and straw and serve. Makes 6 drinks. 

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma On the Grill, by Willie Cooper (Oxmoor House, 2009).


Merci beaucoup!

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