Easy Limeade

Refreshing limeade served with sprigs of mint! It's the perfect easy drink on a hot summer day.

Easy Limeade in a glass with a mint sprig
Elise Bauer

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.

Easy Limeade in two glasses with mint sprigs
Elise Bauer

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.

Recipe Variations

  • 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

From the Editors Of Simply Recipes

Easy Limeade

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 4 servings
Yield 1 quart

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


  1. Combine the lime juice and water:

    Add the lime juice and 2 cups of water to a pitcher and stir to combine.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Serve:

    Add several sprigs of fresh mint to the pitcher. Chill, or serve immediately over ice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
210 Calories
0g Fat
55g Carbs
0g Protein
Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 210
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Total Sugars 51g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 20mg 101%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 76mg 2%
*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.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.