I love limeade. The thing is, I can hardly stand to actually pay for limeade. I don’t like the overly-sugary taste of frozen limeade concentrate, and Simply Limeade – which is simply delicious! – is pretty expensive.
So when I discovered that making limeade myself was not only inexpensive, but ridiculously simple and takes all of five minutes, I was sold. And with my first attempt, I was smitten. This limeade is addictive – and, bonus! – endlessly adaptable.
What you need:
- 1 c. water
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 c. lime juice (fresh is best, but bottled will do; if using fresh, 4-6 limes)
- 5 c. cold water
- ice, for serving
- measuring cups and spoons
- cutting board, knife, and citrus press (if using fresh lime juice)
- 2 quart pitcher
Time: 5 minutes.
Multiplying the recipe: Yes! This would make a great party drink.
Make the syrup: In a 4-cup glass measuring cup, measure the 1 cup of water. Add 1 c. of sugar and microwave 2 minutes. The mixture should be bubbly. Set aside to cool while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
Juice the limes (or measure 1 c. bottled lime juice). Add to syrup, stirring well.
In a 2 quart pitcher, add the lime syrup. Pour in the remaining 5 c. cold water. Serve immediately over ice, or chill until ready to serve.
- This limeade is fun to play around with and change up. Add whole or cut pieces of fruit – berries would be good – or fruit puree to change up the flavor. Watermelon, berries, and mangoes would all be interesting additions.