Limeade with Mint

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Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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.

Minty Limeade

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 halfway 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 Mint Recipe

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  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • 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 Make simple syrup: 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 Strain out lime zest: Place a strainer over a bowl, or wide-mouthed serving container, and pour the sugar syrup through it, straining out the lime zest.

3 Add lime juice, water, mint: 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.

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Links:

Creamy Brazilian Limeade by From Our Home to Yours

Rosemary Limeade from The Accidental Scientist

Cranberry Limeade from right here on Simply Recipes

Blackberry Limeade by Heidi of 101 Cookbooks

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  • Leanna

    This is an easy recipe and even to make some adjustments to. I’m not a mint fan so I eliminated that, but added some blackberries when making the simple syrup (smash with a fork while coming to a boil). I also used Tryvia ( be sure to only use half the amount as compared to the recipe). Delicious and refreshing!

  • sophia

    it takes like 5 min to make its delicious i love it :> :> :> :> :> :> :> :> AND IT MAKES A LOT yum yum.

  • Suzyque

    I just made this with a bag of limes that were (almost) past and WOW! Was this ever delicious! I am a huge mojito fan plus I grow mint so you can bet I will make this again in the summer!

  • Lindsay

    Good recipe, but I found the lime rind made it a little bitter and I only used 1 tsp.

  • 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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