Nothing quenches your thirst as much as homemade limeade. We love it in our family, and when we add just a teaspoon of salt to the recipe, it’s even that much better. It makes the perfect refreshing drink. Made with limes, sugar, water, and a dash of salt this limeade recipe is a winner!
If you prefer limes over lemons, no worries! Just substitute the limes with lemons in the following recipe Poured into a glass filled with ice cubes and top with a sprig of mint, nothing beats it! It’s one of the best things ever and so simple to make, too!
The trick is to create a simple syrup from the sugar and water by heating them in a small saucepan. Some limeade and lemonade recipes call for you to add sugar to the water and stir, but unless you heat the sugar/water mixture together it never really blends and your limeade will have sugar crystals that fall to the bottom of the glass or pitcher. Not with this recipe.
You can either prepare the syrup when you’re ready to make the lemonade (allow it to cool completely before adding to the water) or you can make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge for later. The mixture can keep in an airtight container stored in the fridge for several days.
All you need to do, when ready, is to add the lime juice to the water/sugar mixture. My family prefers fresh limes, but if limes aren’t in season or are too expensive, bottled lime juice is a fine substitute. Add some cubes and a sprig of peppermint to a glass and presto – fresh and delicious homemade limeade.
We keep a big bunch of mint (peppermint, applemint and chocolate mint) in a huge pot in our herb garden. This way it doesn’t overtake the garden and we can pick fresh mint whenever we want. I live on the East coast and it’s still growing in the tub and it’s almost November!
Some people like to add a little of the lime zest to the recipe. I prefer not to, but some people think it adds a nice little kick.
Here’s our homemade limeade recipe. Enjoy!
• 1 Cup Sugar
• 1 Cup Water
• 1 Cup of Juiced Limes
• 6 Cups Water (additional)
• 3/4 Teaspoon Salt
Heat 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water, and ¾ teaspoon of salt in a medium saucepan until it’s dissolved. This is your sugar/water syrup. Set this in the fridge to cool. You can use it now or save it for later. It should keep for several days.
Add the lime juice to the sugar syrup and stir. Add ice cubes and a sprig of mint. Serve immediately.