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Homemade Limeade

Homemade Limeade

Limeade isn’t nearly as common as lemonade, but everyone I know that is a fan of the lemon juice drink is at least as appreciative of limeade, if not moreso. The drinks are virtually the same – lemon/lime juice, sugar, water and ice – but limeade is a bit brighter and tangier than lemonade. It often tastes less sweet than lemonade, even with the same amount of sugar put in as a sweetener. For me, this makes it even more refreshing. It is perfect for cutting through rich or spicy foods.

Just as with lemonade, limeade is best when you start out with fresh limes.  Real lime juice gives the drink a fresher flavor than prebottled does.  If you’re going to try prebottled lime juice, you may as well just start out with a whole bottle of limeade and save some time (Simply Limeade is one of my favorites, if you are looking for a good bottled brand). Once you have your juice, you only need to stir in some sugar and dilute the mixture with water before chilling and drinking. I usually make a simply sugar syrup for lemonade, and I do pretty much the same thing for limeade, heating some of the water used just enough to dissolve all the granulated sugar. Sugar should be adjusted to taste, of course.

Limeade is great on its own, but can also be a good mixer for margaritas and other cocktails. It’s summery, but there is no reason that limeade can’t be enjoyed all year round as long as you can find juicy limes to start with.

Homemade Limeade
1 cup fresh lime juice (from 4-6 large limes)
1 cup sugar
4 cups water, divided

In a small saucepan, heat 1 cup of water with sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
Combine sugar-water, lime juice and the rest of the water in a large pitcher. Feel free to add in some more sugar if you like your limeade sweeter, or a bit more water to tone down the zestiness if you have limes that are on the sour side. Add ice to help cool down the limeade, then chill until ready to serve.

Serves 4-6.

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  • hosie
    October 5, 2008

    My favorite way to make limeade is with maple syrup and chilled sparkling water – the maple/lime combination is awesome. Of course, you have to drink it right away, b/c of the carbonation, but it’s been really popular with my lunch and dinner guests.

  • Sara
    October 5, 2008

    Limeade is great, sometimes I make it with key limes.

  • kaycee
    October 6, 2008

    we tried it at home and really its so refreshing. I agree, this is good for spicy foods. my husband liked it too. thanks!!

  • Sally
    October 6, 2008

    Also really nice if you smoosh up some raspberries in it.

  • Angus Peters
    October 7, 2008

    I love limeade

  • Pinky
    October 19, 2008

    I love adding fresh ginger to my limeade. I slice it and add it with the sugar water syrup, letting it simmer for a few minutes. So tangy and spicy, it’s a wonderful pick me up on a hot afternoon.

  • Lisa
    February 19, 2009

    I have wanted a limeade recipe for a long time. Very excited to find this, we will definately be trying this.

  • asian recipes
    February 22, 2009

    I have tried this today and it taste so fresh and delicious! I bet i will make couple of this in the weekend.. thanks for sharing!

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    November 17, 2009

    It is best drink in the summer and I really love to use it. Thank you.

  • Air Horn
    November 25, 2009

    This is one of the most refreshing and easy to make drink. This is my all time favorite drink! 🙂

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    December 9, 2009

    I haven’t had this stuff since i was a kid. It’s so funny seeing someone talk about it. I’ll definitely try making some this weekend.

  • Lindy
    December 15, 2009

    Where I live limes are super expensive 🙁 but I’ve planted a tree & hopefully will have my own supply in the next 12 months.

    Did you know that if you place lemons or limes in the microwave & power up for just maybe 5 seconds that you get about twice as much juice from them?

    That’s handy when making lemonade or limeade 🙂


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    December 21, 2009

    I tried this and i am afraid I will stick to my watered down orange juice (watered down as i don’t want to lift my insulin levels too high all the time) – Linda Dec15th – top tip!:)

  • Brent
    January 6, 2010

    pinky I tired your recipe and it is delicious

  • Brent
    January 19, 2010

    That sounds delcious even though it is really cold outside right now!

  • Leadership Styles
    January 25, 2010

    That’s great.I love to drink ant time.

  • Mother of 3
    January 25, 2010

    I’ll try your recipe with my new mixer that I got through an auction. Hope it all “pan” out! 😛 thanks!

  • Car Coupons
    January 27, 2010

    Just tried it and its great – really refreshing – thanks – more of a drink for the summer though I think…

  • Spanish Boy
    January 31, 2010

    My wife and I are lucky enough to have a couple of small lime trees in our yard. While they’re not mature yet, one of them produced a few dozen limes this year so we had some great homemade limeade (not to mention a few margaritas :-).

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    This looks really good! Definately going to give it a try.

  • Man, that is so nice. Tried this recipe together with a drink from my new power juicer. That is the perfect combination ;)!

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    March 2, 2010

    Thats looks really refreshing..thank you for sharing the recipe:)

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    April 21, 2010

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    April 22, 2010

    Looks amazing, so looking forward to trying this! thanks again!

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    April 26, 2010

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    May 4, 2010

    Ah, this takes me back to my childhood! I’m going to have to give this a try, it’s a recipe even I can follow! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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