This homemade limeade recipe is a fun, simple recipe to make and enjoy on a hot Summer day.
Making homemade limeade is such a fun & easy way to get your kids involved in the kitchen. And while it definitely has a ton of sugar, it is a delicious way to use up extra limes.
Our favorite time to make it is when we’re at grandma’s house. My mom actually has a lime tree in her backyard & the kids love to pick off the fresh limes. It makes it a bit of a learning experience to see where limes actually come from.
We now have a baby lime tree in our backyard and can’t wait for the day that it starts to bear fruit.
How to make homemade Limeade
The key to making this limeade is to actually measure out your lime juice and add an equal portion of white sugar. A 1:1 ratio of sour to sweet is perfect for us, but feel free to add more or less sugar to taste.
For 2 quarts of limeade, I add in 1 cup of lime juice and 1 cup of white sugar.
How many limes for 1 cup of juice?
It really just depends on how juicy your limes are. Typically, 8 juicy limes will yield me 1 cup of lime juice (and 5 juicy lemons for lemonade). However, there have been times where I had a pretty dry batch of limes and needed more than that.
I usually only make limeade when I impulsively buy the 2-pound lime bag at Costco so having enough is never an issue.
Rather than make a simple syrup, I like to mix the lime juice with the sugar directly in the 2-quart pitcher until dissolved before adding in the remaining water.
I know some will heat up the water to dissolve the sugar, but I have found that it’s actually not necessary.
Adding fresh fruit (like strawberries) is a great way to mix up your limeade.
Possible fruits to add:
- mango puree
- peach puree
Another great limeade variation is to use carbonated water instead of still water to get a fizzy limeade. The result is similar to the sparkling limeades at Trader Joe’s. We are obsessed with their sparkling limeades.
Make sure to serve this drink cold and store extra in the fridge.
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- nearly 2 quarts of water
- 1 cup diced strawberries (optional)
- Pour lime juice in a 2 quart pitcher with sugar.
- Fill the pitcher half way.
- Stir until sugar dissolves.
- Finish filling up the pitcher with water.
- Stir in strawberries if desired. Serve cold.