Homemade Limeade

  • Make this Homemade Limeade to serve at your next outdoor event. It’s so refreshing, easy to make, and perfect for sipping on hot summer days!

    I love cold refreshing drinks like Homemade Lemonade or this limeade to sip on during the summer. I also love this Strawberry Lemonade Margarita.

    A tall pitcher of limeade with fresh limes as garnish.

    *Originally published July 2016. Text and photos updated.*

    I like to make a simple syrup for limeade. Simply stirring sugar, water, and lime juice together never cut it for me, lol!

    And please don’t be scared off by the simple syrup because it is so easy to make and I know you hear that a lot on recipes but it really is. All you have to do is boil water with sugar to dissolve it. That’s it.

    Limes scattered with a yellow napkin in the background.

    Homemade Limeade Ingredients:

    • Limes: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not use the bottled lime juice…..it will ruin your homemade limeade, I promise! Honestly, I don’t know why that stuff exists because the fresh is so much better. I use this hand juicer but if you prefer an electric one that is fine too.
    • Sugar: I find it easiest to make a simple syrup to dissolve the sugar. Other recipes just mix it with the water which never works and some have you macerate the lemons and sugar together which is more work to me.
    • Water: I like to have the water and ice ready to go in a pitcher so it’s nice and cold. This is also important if you don’t want to wait for the simple syrup to cool. Otherwise, if you pour hot syrup into a pitcher it will break.
    A refreshing glass of limeade with slices of fresh lime.

    Best tips for buying and juicing limes:

    1. Choose limes that are bright green and have a slight shine to their skin.
    2. They should feel firm and heavy for their size. The heavier ones will give the most juice.
    3. Avoid limes that are pale green or turning yellow. This means they are maturing and losing their tartness as well as flavor. Also, avoid any that are shriveled or too soft because they have lost most of their juice.
    4. Warm the limes slightly either by microwaving them for 20-30 seconds or by placing them in warm water. This helps get the juices flowing!
    5. After they are warm roll the limes on the counter with the palm of your hand. This helps to soften the limes.
    Top down view of limeade in a glass with a slice of lime and ice.
    A glass raised ready to drink.

    So here’s a toast to beating the heat this summer with this refreshing homemade limeade!

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    5 from 5 votes
    A refreshing glass of limeade with slices of fresh lime.
    Homemade Limeade
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Total Time
    15 mins
     

    Make this Homemade Limeade to serve at your next outdoor event. It's so refreshing, easy to make, and perfect for sipping on hot summer days!

    Course: Beverage
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: 30 minutes or less, limeade, Summer Drinks
    Servings: 6 one cup servings (about)
    Calories: 162 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    Ingredients
    • 1 cup (235ml) fresh lime juice
    • 1 cup (220g) sugar
    • 3 cups (710ml) water
    • 4 cups ice
    Instructions
    1. In a small saucepan bring the sugar and 1 cup of water to a boil to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat. (This is your simple syrup)

    2. In a large pitcher place ice and 3 cups of water (depending on how strong you like it) Pour in the lemon juice and simple syrup. Stir well. Garnish with lime slices if desired. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

    Recipe Notes
    1. Nutrition Facts: Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate. 
    Nutrition Facts
    Homemade Limeade
    Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
    Calories 162 Calories from Fat 9
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 1g2%
    Saturated Fat 1g6%
    Sodium 15mg1%
    Potassium 46mg1%
    Carbohydrates 43g14%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 40g44%
    Protein 1g2%
    Vitamin A 20IU0%
    Vitamin C 12mg15%
    Calcium 14mg1%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.
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