Limeade with 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: 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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  • Hannah

    I made two batches of this. One regular, and in one I added about 1 and a half cups of blackberries to the boiling sugar with the lime zest. Both were delicious!!! If you have any frozen blackberries on hand – I’d highly recommend it!


  • 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!


  • 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.

  • 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:


  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!!

  • arcey

    Would lemonade be made the exact same way?

    Yes indeed. ~Elise

  • Christine

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