Looking for a way to beat the heat? Try this limeade infused with mint!
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 halfway to a mojito, you have a cheerfully refreshing summer drink.
Getting the Most Juice From Limes
Before juicing each lime, roll it back and forth a few times on your countertop, applying a little pressure. This will encourage more of the juice to release.
- Instead of adding mint leaves at the end, try infusing them into your simple syrup. Other infusion options include fresh ginger, herbs like rosemary or basil, or even crushed berries.
- Not a fan of mint? Feel free to omit it.
Make it Ahead
This homemade limeade should stay fresh, refrigerated, for 5 to 7 days.
Alternatively, you can make components of the limeade ahead of time. You can juice the limes 2 to 3 days in advance, storing the juice in the refrigerator. The lime-infused simple syrup, if stored in the refrigerator, can be made 1 to 2 weeks in advance.
More Refreshing Drink Recipes
- Watermelon Lemonade
- Nimbu Soda with Cucumber
- Cucumber Lime Mint Agua Fresca
- Ginger Switchel
- Hibiscus Spritz
Infusing the simple syrup with lime zest is a great way to bring extra lime flavor to your limeade.
1 cup lime juice (from about 4 to 6 Persian limes)
3 cups water, divided
1 cup sugar
Grated zest of 1 lime (about 1 tablespoon)
Several sprigs fresh mint
Combine the lime juice and water:
Add the lime juice and 2 cups of water to a pitcher and stir to combine.
Make a lime zest-infused simple syrup:
In a small saucepan bring to a boil the sugar, the remaining 1 cup of water, and the lime zest. Once the sugar is dissolved (which it should be by the time the water boils), remove it from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
Place a strainer over a bowl, or wide-mouthed serving container, and pour the simple syrup through it, straining out the lime zest.
Sweeten the lime juice mixture:
Add 3/4 cup of the simple syrup to the lime juice mixture and stir to combine. Taste for sour/sweet balance. If it's too tart, mix in more simple syrup.
Add several sprigs of fresh mint to the pitcher. Chill, or serve immediately over ice.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 55g||20%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||2%|
|Total Sugars 51g|
|Vitamin C 20mg||101%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|