As a coffee lover, I prefer the cold, drizzly weather. This way, I would be able to indulge in a mocha latte or a flat white at any time of the day without developing hot flashes on my cheeks and sweating all over my body. However, for someone living in a tropical country… This is a rare occasion. My choice of beverage during the hot weather would usually narrow down to a virgin mojito, iced coffee or tea, and a plain cold water. Of course, a homemade cold brew is another option now. But as someone who likes to venture into new coffee recipes, I wondered what other twists could I add into my coffee routine?

Have you ever thought about adding lime into your coffee?!

Apparently, in Sao Paulo and some parts of Italy, adding lime or lemon is not an unusual thing. It has been served in restaurants for quite some time now especially during the summer. Lime has a number of health benefits and one of them is that it can ease a migraine. Recall feeling dizzy just being under the hot scorching sun? Lime, as well as lemon, would definitely do wonders for a bad migraine.

Adding lime or lemon doesn’t just ease a migraine; it is also a smart way to mask the cardboard taste from any badly roasted coffee.

Are you ready to be energized?

What You Need

  • Ground coffee
  • Lime (juice)
  • Ice
  • Sugar (Cold sugar syrup is even better as that will dissolve into the drink immediately)
  • Lemon (optional)

How to Prepare

  • For this recipe, you would need to make an Espresso… Wait, hold up – what about people who don’t have an Espresso machine? Fret not, as I don’t own one myself.

  • So, what you need to do is double (2 tbsp.) the amount of ground coffee per 1 cup water. Whatever method of brewing you’re using, you would want the coffee to be as thick and strong as possible.
  • Otherwise, you can prepare your coffee as cold brew such as here as this would create an equally strong taste of espresso, in my opinion. This is an easier method but would take overnight to brew in the fridge.
  • Now, making a perfect lime juice is as important.
    • Squeeze ½ lime into a glass.
    • Add ¼ cup of water and sugar to taste.
    • Add more lime if you need to. Otherwise, add lemon juice if you would like to tone down the bitterness from the lime.
    • Prepare a slice of lime or two for later.
  • Make sure you taste the lime/lemon juice before the next step.
  • Once you are satisfied with both components: it’s time to mix the two!
  • Add some ice cubes into a glass, followed by lime juice and slices of lime. Finally, pour in your coffee/espresso.
  • Devour the thirst-quenching beverage and be energized!

The Verdict

It was legit sour.

Photo: Syaza Izzah

I can’t emphasise enough that before you mix the two components together, make sure you taste both especially the lime juice. This recipe is all about balancing the coffee – or more accurately, the espresso – and the lime juice. This isn’t like mixing milk into coffee – one that you can’t go wrong. You wouldn’t want to get an overly sour beverage.

That sour kick from the lime is pleasant in a way that it cleans the palate from any bitter coffee aftertaste. The coffee itself wasn’t as bitter as I would have gotten from a regular cup of coffee. As I experimented with this on a hot morning, I couldn’t ask for a better recipe to start the day. It’s a refreshing beverage that would also give me the caffeine that I need. The aroma is fragrant, courtesy of the lime. It is essentially a “halal-ified” version of mojito; other than the virgin drink, of course.

It’s definitely worth the try but it can take some time to perfect the overall taste of the coffee. I would recommend it to those who are adventurous with their coffee!


Syaza is a freelance writer whose life revolves around coffee, cats and heartwarming stories.