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.


Serves: 8-12.

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.

About Cooking for the Fam

Katie and Theresa are sisters-in-law who are passionate about food, passionate about family, and passionate about making and sharing food with their families. The Fam needs to eat. Make it good!
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