You think you know how to cut up a lime. You don’t think there’s anything new on that front that I could teach you. You are wrong. Actually, I didn't know this trick myself until I moved to Thailand and saw limes cut like this all the time and placed atop delicious plates of fried rice.
If you want lime as a garnish, by all means, cut yourself a wedge. But if you’re trying to get the juice out, try this method:
Step 1: Cut off the bottom. Why? Just for stability.
Step 2: (and this is the crucial part) Cut a side off the lime, off center. Why? Breaks more of the septa so you can more easily squeeze out the juice-filled loculi. Translation, please? You cut more section membranes so the juice squirts out.
Step 3: Cut off-center twice more to get three pieces of lime.
Step 4: Twist the core. Why? Hey, there’s juice there too.
See how much easier that is than squeezing a lime that's been quartered or halved?
If you want, doing that pre-cut rolling around on the cutting board trick isn't a bad idea.
Now the question is...what to do with all that lime juice? Mojitos, anyone? All this recent talk of mojitos on TMC has given me a hankering for one. I don't drink by myself (all that often) and so I prefer drink recipes to make at least 2 drinks, if not a pitcher. So, here's the classic mojito, care of the good folks at webtender, extrapolated to twice the size. That's 100% more!
Note: Ron Cubano would be great here. My wife, The
Ambassador Ambassatrix, representative of the federal government of the United States, does not endorse this choice. If we did have Cuban rum in our apartment, which we don't, it would certainly be Havana Club aged 3 years. Um...yeah.
Classic Mojito (para dos)
4 oz light rum (that's ½ cup in case you want to keep the jigger in the drawer)
Juice from 2 limes
4 t sugar
4-8 spearmint sprigs (depending on the size)
Muddle the mint and sugar with a splash of soda water in a shaker until the sugar dissolves. Squeeze the lime into the shaker, add rum, and shake with ice. Strain into glasses (actually, I prefer to have the mint (and one section of lime) in the glass, thank you very much) and top with soda water.
Put on some Francisco Aguabella and your Che shirt and toast with a heart-felt "Viva la revolución!"