Homemade Limeade Recipe

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh squeezed, homemade, lime, pitcher
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 214kcal
Author: Becky Hardin - The Cookie Rookie
Limeade is the perfect summer drink. On a hot day, there's nothing quite as refreshing as this homemade limeade recipe! It's easy to make and so delicious. Sip on it in the backyard or bring it to all those summer BBQs.
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For the Lime Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup ultra fine or granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Juice of 3 limes see *Note
  • Zest of 2 limes see **Note

For the Limeade:

  • 1 cup (4-6 Persian limefresh-squeezed lime-juice
  • 3 cups water
  • For the Garnishes:
  • 1 lime sliced
  • Fresh mint leaves


For the Lime Simple Syrup:

  • In a small saucepan, set over medium heat, bring sugar, 1-cup water, juice from 3 limes and the zest of 2 limes to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. The sugar should be dissolved at this point. Cool completely before making limeade. (If desired, strain the Lime Simple Syrup through a mesh strainer set over a bowl to remove the lime zest. Some people love the zest in their limeade and some don’t.)

For the Limeade:

  • In a ½ gallon pitcher, whisk together 1-cup fresh-squeezed lime juice, 3 cups water and the Lime Simple Syrup. Serve with ice.
  • Garnish with sprig of mint and lime slice.
  • Enjoy!



*Note – To extract the maximum juice from limes, microwave them 30-60 seconds (depending how many) before juicing them.
**Note – Zest 2 limes before juicing them.


Serving: 8ounces | Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.2mg