When it comes to family-friendly drinks, there’s nothing quite like Homemade Limeade to brighten up an already-sunny summer day! It’s refreshing, delicious, full of citrus flavor, and the perfect companion to any BBQ!
I can’t believe it’s almost summer again, y’all. Well, maybe not summer, but warmer weather … which inevitably leads to summer.
I feel like every year goes by faster than the last! Is that happening with any of you?! Didn’t I just put up a bunch of holiday recipes?!
I suppose I need to start thinking of summer recipes now … and this homemade limeade is a great place to begin. It’s a simple family-friendly beverage your kids and loved ones will enjoy since it’s lemonade – but with limes, of course! And if you only have adults in your life, it’s a yummy base for a boozier drink! 😉
Either way, it’s the kind of thing you want in a big icy pitcher at a picnic or BBQ this year. Enjoy!!
Limeade: Ingredients & Equipment
To make this Homemade Limeade, you’ll need …
- lime juice and water – you can’t have limeade without it, right? One lime will give you about 2 tablespoons of juice more or less, so if you’re using fresh lime juice (and you SHOULD use fresh lime juice, y’all!!) be sure to get enough for the recipe.
- simple syrup – this is sugar and water mixed in a small saucepan, heat until the sugar is dissolved! I also have a recipe and full instructions for simple syrup right here on the blog. You’ll use it to sweeten the drink evenly.
- ice – limeade is best served cold! Throw this in the same pitcher you’re using to make the limeade.
- pitcher – for stirring your ingredients together. That’s it! That’s all you’ll need!!
Adjust the lime juice and simple syrup amounts until it’s just right for you!
Yes, I highly HIGHLY recommend using fresh lime juice rather than lime juice from the store. You’ll taste the difference! Use a juicer or if you need to squeeze the limes themselves, microwave them for 30-ish seconds first or place them in warm water for about that long. This will soften them and allow you to squeeeeeeeeeeze all the juice out of them!!
You want ripe (bright green) limes that feel very heavy. These will give you the most juice, as well as the most flavorful juice! If they’re already turning yellow, they’ve gotten too mature and won’t taste quite right in the limeade.
Unlike most drinks I share, this recipe produces enough for 6 servings, which means the whole family can enjoy some tasty tasty limeade!
If you skip the ice until serving time and keep it in a covered pitcher, it’ll be fine in the fridge for 3-4 days.
If you want to touch up your limeade, you can add mint or lemon to it. I especially love mint in my limeade sometimes, although the kids can take or leave it!!
Oh yes! If you’re a grown-up, of course. 😉 But seriously, add your favorite bourbon, rum, tequila, etc. to make this a delicious cocktail if you’d like.
Other recipes you may enjoy
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 cup simple syrup
- 4 cups water
- Combine all of the ingredients in a large pitcher with ice.
- Serve immediately.
- Store any leftover limeade in a covered pitcher for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
- The amounts of lime juice and simple syrup can be adjusted to taste for tartness/sweetness.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 6 oz. cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 10Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g
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