Limeade with a Touch of Mint

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

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 1 quart


  • 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 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, add lime juice, water, sprigs of mint: 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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  • 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.

  • 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

  • Jeri

    Such a gorgeous drink and it looks so refreshing. I think I might brew up a batch right now!

  • 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)

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Sally

    This is so good (the lemonade, too). I’ve had a jar of one or the other, or both, in my refrigerator much of the summer. I’ve also combined it with Mark Bittman’s recipe for salty limeade or lemonade:

  • 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!

  • Lindsay

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

  • 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!