A tart and sweet limeade made with only three ingredients, sugar, water, and lime.

limeade recipe

Limeade feels like the official drink of summer. It is the less popular alternative to lemonade but I find it just as satisfying.

Tart, sweet, and refreshing. The perfect combination for a hot summer day.


Making your own limeade at home is simple. To make limeade, boil sugar and water in a medium saucepan to dissolve the sugar. This is also known as a simple syrup. After the sugar has dissolved cool the simple syrup in the refrigerator. Combine with lime juice and serve over ice.

To get the most juice out of your limes I recommend rolling the limes out on the counter with the palm of your hand.

I have used both key limes and regular limes in my limeade. I prefer regular limes in this recipe to key limes. Key limes can be quite tart and sometimes bitter.

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For an twist add sprigs of mint or basil. You can even add a splash of seltzer, pomegranate juice or cherry juice. Yummm.

Top each glass with slices of fresh lime. Enjoy!

quick limeade


Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 4
A tart and sweet limeade made with only three ingredients, sugar, water, and lime.


  • 4 cups water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice


  • Start by adding water and sugar to a medium saucepan and heating on high heat. Boil until sugar has fully dissolved stirring constantly. It typically takes about 2 minutes to dissolve. Take of the heat and place in the refrigerator until cool.
  • Combine simple syrup mixture with the lime juice. Serve over ice. Garnish with extra slices of lime.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 153 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 13mg1%
Potassium 35mg1%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 38g42%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 12mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beverage, Drinks, Lime, Limeade



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