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Homemade Limeade is the perfect summer drink. It is light, refreshing and easy to make. If you are looking to beat the heat on a hot summer day, make this limeade drink.

Homemade Limeade in a large pitcher
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We love to garnish the pitcher with fresh lime wedges for this easy homemade limeade recipe. If you are looking for a refreshing non alcoholic drink recipe to serve at your outdoor event, make this homemade limeade.

You may also love our Pink Lemonade Recipe.

What is Limeade?

A Limeade is a light and refreshing drink. It is made with simple syrup and fresh lime juice to create a tangy and sweet drink.

This homemade limeade is completely customizable. Add in fruits and alcohol to impress your friends and family.

Why We Love Homemade Limeade

  • Customizable Ingredients – This is a base limeade recipe. We love to customize it based on what we have or who we are serving.
  • Easy to Make – The simple syrup combines easily on the stovetop.
  • Serving – We love to serve in fun glasses with fresh lime wedges. This is the perfect drink on a hot day.

Ingredients

Lime juice, sugar, water, ice
  • Lime Juice (freshly squeezed)
  • Granulated Sugar 
  • Cold Water 
  • Ice (for serving) 
  • Water (for serving) 

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Variation Ideas

  • Add Fruit – You can easily add fruit to this limeade mixture to add color and flavor. Strawberries, lemons, or cherries are great options.
  • Add Fresh Herbs – Add in fresh mint leaves or fresh basil for amazing flavor. Making a mojitos is always my sisters favorite. The intense lime flavor is why she likes it so much.
  • Alcohol – If you are serving to adults, make your homemade limeade with some alcohol. You can easily make margarita with tequila. Other options include vodka, gin or bourbon.
  • Sweetener – Feel free to sweeten the homemade limeade with honey, agave, and more.
  • Strawberry Lemonade – Make a fresh strawberry lemonade with strawberries and lemon juice. We love the citrus flavors of lemon and lime together.
  • Lime Zest – For more intense lime flavor, zest lime into the glasses when serving. This would make a delicious fresh limeade.
  • Cherry Limeade – Cherry limeade is one of my favorite drinks at our local fast food place. It is loads of flavors and now I can easily make it at home with this limeade recipe.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1 – Combine Ingredients – Whisk together the water and lime juice, and sugar in a small saucepan.  
Whisking together water and lime together in a large pot
  • Step 2 – Dissolve the sugar – Heat over medium heat, stirring, until the water and sugar is completely dissolved. 
  • Step 3 – Remove from Heat – Allow the mixture to cool completely at room temperature. 
Pouring lime juice in a glass to serve
  • Step 4 – Serve and Enjoy – When making the homemade limeade. Mix 1 cup of the lime mixture with 1 cup of water and serve ice cold water.  Enjoy! 

Recipe Tips

  • Sour Taste – If the limeade is too sour, mix in more sugar until it’s sweetened. 
  • Combining Ingredients – Heat the simple syrup ingredients together until sugar dissolves. Allow the mixture to cool before mixing with the other ingredients.
  • Lime Juice – When making this recipe, fresh lime juice is best. We do not recommend using the bottled lime juice. Your limeade will not taste the same.
  • Choosing fresh Limes – We recommend choosing limes that are bright green. They should be firm and heavy for the most juice. We try to stay away from the limes that are yellow.
  • Juicing the Limes – You can warm the limes in the microwave for about 20 seconds to help loosen the lime. After warming, we like to roll the limes with the palm of your hand to loosen the lime.
  • Serving – You can easily pour this limeade in glasses but we like to pout in a large pitcher.

What Flavor is Limeade?

A limeade is lime drink that is made with sugar and lime juice. It can be tart but is usually a light and refreshing drink.

Homemade Limeade in a large pitcher

How Much Juice is in One Lime

Depending on the size of your lime, you will probably get around 2 tablespoons of lime juice. You will probably need about 8 limes. This should give you enough to garnish your glasses with fresh lime slices.

How to Store Leftovers

Refrigerate the leftovers and it should keep for up to 2-3 days.  

Homemade Limeade in glasses

More Easy Homemade Drink Recipes

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Homemade Limeade

5 from 3 votes
Homemade Limeade is the perfect summer drink. It is light, refreshing and easy to make. If you are looking to beat the heat this summer, make this limeade drink.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Beverage
Calories 104

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Lime Juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Ice for serving
  • Water for serving
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Instructions

  • Whisk together the lime juice, sugar and water in a small saucepan.
  • Heat over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Allow the mixture to cool completely at room temperature.
  • When making the homemade limeade, mix 1 cup of the lime mixture with 1 cup of water and serve cold over ice.  Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If the limeade is too sour, mix in more sugar until it’s sweetened. 
Refrigerate the leftovers and it should keep for up to 2-3 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 104kcal, Carbohydrates 27g, Protein 0.1g, Fat 0.1g, Saturated Fat 0.003g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.01g, Monounsaturated Fat 0.003g, Sodium 4mg, Potassium 36mg, Fiber 0.1g, Sugar 25g, Vitamin A 15IU, Vitamin C 9mg, Calcium 6mg, Iron 0.04mg

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