Limeade with a Touch of Mint

After one of the best July 4ths on record (70s in Sacramento in July? unbelievable) we’re gearing up for another heat wave. If the smoke clears enough for us to go outside again, I’ll make another batch of this wonderful limeade. There are 3 tricks to this simple drink. The first is to make simple syrup by boiling water with the sugar first, so that the sugar is completely dissolved. The second trick is to infuse the simple syrup with some of the zest from the limes; this makes it taste even limey-er (yes, not a word, but you get my drift). Finally plop some fresh mint sprigs in the serving pitcher, and besides being half-way to a mojito, you have a cheerfully refreshing summer drink. One that my nephew Austin has mentioned 3 times in the last 2 days as being “like really good”.

Limeade with a Touch of Mint Recipe

  • Yield: Makes about 1 quart.

Infusing the sugar syrup with lime zest is a great way to bring extra lime flavor to your limeade.

Ingredients

  • Grated zest of one lime (about 1 Tbsp)
  • 1 cup lime juice (from about 4-6 Persian limes)
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • Several sprigs of fresh mint

Method

1 In a small saucepan bring to a boil the sugar, one cup of water, and the lime zest. Once the sugar is dissolved (which it should be by the time the water boils), remove from heat and let cool for for a few minutes. The amount of sugar is a guideline, it depends on how sweet you like your limeade and how tart your particular limes are.

2 Place a strainer over a bowl, or wide-mouthed serving container, and pour the sugar syrup through it, straining out the lime zest. Add the lime juice and 2 cups of water. Taste for sour/sweet balance. If too sweet, add a little more lime juice. Add several sprigs of fresh mint.

Chill, or serve immediately over ice.

Links:

Creamy Brazilian Limeade by From Our Home to Yours
Rosemary Limeade from The Accidental Scientist
Lavender Limeade by Cafe Johnsonia
Limeade with Blood Orange Juice from LivetoEAt
Cranberry Limeade from right here on Simply Recipes
Blackberry Limeade by Heidi of 101 Cookbooks

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Austin demonstrates the proper way to enjoy limeade. ;-)

12 Comments

  1. Zach

    What a great drink! I collected all the mint I could gather from my meager plant and crushed it to let out the flavor. It lent a mojito-esque flavor to it. Thanks a lot!!

  2. Tri

    Sounds delish! You can also infuse the simply syrup with the mint itself. It is especially nice when you make mojitos because people don’t complain about the mint leaves getting stuck in their straws.

  3. Miss B

    This sounds wonderful! And it looks like your nephew has the perfect idea about how to PROPERLY enjoy such a fantastic drink =) xoxoxo

  4. Jody

    I’ll be making limeade this summer! Thanks for sharing the tips of using the zest in the simple syrup.

    Jody (who also enjoys a few limes in her ice water)

  5. Catherine

    This drink was delicious! I made it for my family on a hot summer day. They said it tasted like something we would get at a restaurant while we were on vacation and I agree! If you let it chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours with sprigs of mint in it then the mint flavor really comes out and makes it fantastic. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. another Elise

    This looks so so good. I can’t wait to try it. It reminds me of a summer aid from my parents’ hometown of Boston – the raspberry lime rickey. I’m sure some raspberry would be a fun variation here, too.

  7. zip

    wow! i just made this. i thought that wasn’t gonna be enough water but it was perfect. i did add a splash of club soda to my glass on ice but that is a fine recipe! thank you!

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