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.



  • 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


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.

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

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  • Christine

    I make a similar limeaid, but instead of mint I steep a few coins of ginger in the simple syrup.


  • arcey

    Would lemonade be made the exact same way?

    Yes indeed. ~Elise

  • 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!!

  • 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.

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