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Refreshing Homemade Limeade

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Homemade limeade is a refreshing and easy way to cool down on a hot day! A couple of weeks ago I picked up a huge bag of limes from my local Sam’s Club for only a few dollars. It seemed every time I’d open my refrigerator door they’d call to me, asking me to make them into something delicious. While there are so many ways to use limes, I wanted to make something that would use up several of the limes so they wouldn’t go to waste. And since Wesley loves special drinks, I thought we’d try a refreshing Homemade Limeade recipe for our Mini Chef Mondays series!

Homemade Limeade Recipe

Why Simple Syrup Makes the Best Homemade Limeade

If you love making homemade drinks then simple syrup should definitely be in your arsenal. It is a staple for cocktails since alcohol keeps sugar from dissolving, but really makes any cold drink with sugar better. When you add sugar to hot drinks like tea or coffee, sugar dissolves easily. That is not the case with cold drinks so by using simple syrup, you are using an already dissolved and sweetest form of the sugar. While you can easily buy it in the drink mix section of your store (think near the grenadine and club soda) it is so simple to make homemade that I never buy it. You can find recipes for a wide variety of flavors, from Brown Sugar Simple Syrup to Raspberry Simple Syrup!

Simple syrup is just one part water to one part sugar, boiled until the sugar is dissolved completely. Very easy to make!

Child Making Simple Syrup

If you want to get really creative with your simple syrup, you can add some lime zest in with your sugar and water and then just strain it out for a stronger lime flavor. I’ve made flavored simple syrup before, including in this Homemade Raspberry Lemonade recipe. So good!

Child Making Homemade Limeade

Wesley loves pouring water so I gave him only two cups of water at a time so he had plenty of opportunity to pour and stir making this fresh limeade recipe.

Homemade Limeade Made with Simple Syrup

Homemade Limeade Recipe
5 from 7 votes

Refreshing Homemade Limeade

Course Drinks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 7 cups


  • 1 cup fresh lime juice approx. 6 large limes
  • 6 cups water divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • fresh lime slices for garnish


  1. Make simple syrup by bringing 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to a boil in medium saucepan. Stir often until sugar has completely dissolved. Cool.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to pitcher, adding more or less water to desired sweetness.
  3. Garnish with lime slices.

Wesley loved this sweet treat and was super excited to present it to his brothers when they got home from school. It was a hit! We used this limeade recipe as a base for frozen treat recipe so watch for that to come soon on Mini Chef Monday!

Easy Homemade Limeade Recipe

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See these other kid-friendly recipes:

  1. Banana Split Smoothie // Courtney’s Sweets
  2. Old Fashion Lemonade Recipe // Momma Lew
  3. Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes // We’re Parents
  4. Encouraging Fruits and Vegetables for Kids // Eating Richly Even When You’re Broke
  5. Cookies & Cream Milkshake // Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps
  6. Easy Spinach Manicotti // Vegging at the Shore
  7. Make Your Own Omelette Bar // O’Boy! Organic
  8. Dinosaur Fossil Cookies // Can’t Google Everything
This refreshing homemade limeade is a great alternative to lemonade. It uses simple syrup instead of regular sugar to make it the best limeade recipe around!


  1. This drink called the Refreshing Homemade Limeade looks so refreshing and a perfect one to have for Spring and Summer! I am going to make it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Such a simple and refreshing recipe.Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty . We would love to have you again next week.

  3. When I go to Guatemala this is pretty much all I drink! My mother in law makes it using fresh limes from el mercado… she doesn’t boil sugar and water though to make a simple syrup so this is a good idea. I do wonder how it would work because the sugar there is unrefined and a brownish color.

  4. I love limeade and so does my husband! Perfect for the heat that’s upon us! Thanks for linking up with Delicious Dishes Recipe Party!

  5. 5 stars
    I love Limeade! I could drink it all day! It is so delicious and refreshing. I love it better than lemonade!

  6. We tried it and it turned out great!!! My little one helped and we had fun. It’s a perfect recipe for a little one. Not too many steps or ingredients. Thank you for sharing.

  7. 5 stars
    For extra limeyness, I recommend zesting your limes with a potato peeler (into long thick strands, not confetti) and letting them sit in your sugar for up to a day. The sugar will absorb all the moisture and oils from the zest, giving the limeade an extra floral and zesty dimension.

  8. 5 stars
    I just tried this with Splenda to taste instead of the simple sugar. It turned out really delicious!

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