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How to Make the Best Limeade

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This limeade recipe is the absolute best!

This limeade recipe is the absolute best!

The Best Limeade Recipes

Both refreshingly sweet and pleasantly tangy, limeade is popular all over the world. Peruvian limeade, which utilizes the entire lime, is economical, low in calories, and thirst-quenching like no other summer beverage. Fortunately, limeade is easy to make at home. What secret ingredient makes the best limeade?

Key limes, also known as Mexican limes or West Indian limes, are the most popular citrus fruit in Peru. Smaller and thinner skinned than Tahitian or Persian limes commonly found in U.S. grocery stores, they are considered "true" limes and add the perfect tang to any beverage.

Peruvian limeade is lower calorie than traditional limeade (just 69 per serving) since it only calls for three lemons and a half cup of sugar. Traditional limeade, which requires one cup of white sugar, averages 165 calories per glass. It's also quicker and easier than standard limeade as it is made in a blender with no lemon squeezing required.

Below you will find recipes for both traditional-style limeade (using the juice of any lime) and Peruvian-style limeade (made with Key limes). Since Key limes are now found in many U.S. grocery stores and large scale retailers such as Costco, why not buy a bagful and try these special limeades today?

Peruvian Limeade: Quick, Easy and Low-Cal

Peruvian Limeade: Quick, Easy and Low-Cal

Table of Contents

  • Tips & Variations
  • Recipe: Traditional Limeade (No blender required)
  • Recipe: Quick & Easy Peruvian Blender Limeade (Made With Key Limes)
  • Key Limes: For More Than Just Limeade
Tangy Mango Lemonade

Tangy Mango Lemonade

Tips and Variations

  • For No Sugar Limeade: Substitute a no calorie sweetener such as stevia or xylitol for the simple syrup (only 8 calories per serving).
  • If you can tolerate some sugar, try sweetening limeade with a few tablespoons of simple syrup and a little stevia. Your kids might not even notice they're drinking Lower Calorie limeade.
  • Since ice cubes dilute limeade, make limeade ice cubes.
  • Chill glasses in the freezer.
  • Serve with lime slices on the lip of glasses or float slices in the pitcher.
  • For a fancy touch, rub glass rims with leftover lime halves then dip them in sugar.
  • Make lime sugar for dipping glass rims: with a microplaner, grate a small amount of lime zest into fine sugar. Stir before using.
  • Invest in a lime squeezer, the best tool for juicing a Key lime. See Amazon capsule (right).
  • Room temperature limes are easier to squeeze.
  • Apply pressure while rolling the lime back and forth across the countertop. This will also allow you to extract more juice.
  • Squeeze Key limes with gentle pressure to avoid extracting bitter flavor from the rind.
  • Try sparkling water, club soda or seltzer water for sparkling limeade.
  • Some limeade drinkers enjoy their beverage syrupy sweet while others prefer subtle sweetness. Start with less sugar and taste before adding more.
  • Stir a spoonful of beautiful Exotic Wild Berry Sauce into your limeade for something special.
Key limes are smaller and rounder than Tahitian limes and turn yellow as they ripen

Key limes are smaller and rounder than Tahitian limes and turn yellow as they ripen

Tangy Traditional Limeade

Cook Time

Prep timeReady inYields

15 min

15 min

6 servings

This tangy limeade can be made with any type of lime, but we prefer the juice of Key limes.

Lime squeezers are the best way to juice Key limes.

Lime squeezers are the best way to juice Key limes.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 -1 cup simple syrup or agave
  • 2/3 cup lime juice, preferably Key lime
  • 6 cups water

Instructions

  1. To make simple syrup: Combine one cup of water and one cup of white sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer.
  2. Stir and simmer for a few seconds, until the sugar dissolves. Chill until ready to use.
  3. Combine chilled ingredients in a pitcher.
  4. Serve in chilled glasses with limeade ice cubes and lime slices to beat the summer heat.
Serve with limeade ice cubes

Serve with limeade ice cubes

Quick & Easy Peruvian Blender Limeade

This frothy limeade has a slightly bitter flavor profile. Add plenty of ice cubes for an extra frosty drink

Ingredients

  • 3 Key limes, washed thoroughly
  • 6 cups water & ice
  • 1/2-3/4 cup white sugar, raw sugar or agave (to taste)

Instructions

  1. Cut limes in half and remove seeds.
  2. Place limes, water, ice and sugar in blender container.
  3. Blend on high for a minute or two.
  4. Pour through a sieve to strain.
  5. Serve limeade in chilled glasses.
Peruvian Limeade

Peruvian Limeade

Key Limes: For More Than Just Limeade

  • Also known as "bartender's limes", Key limes' tart flavor is ideal for alcoholic beverages such as mojito, margarita, Pisco sour and gin & tonic.
  • Key lime pie is a creamy citrus pie popular in Florida.
  • Why not help the kids set up a limeade stand this summer?
  • Key limes are higher in Vitamin C than other lime varieties.
  • Try Key lime sorbet!
  • Limes have higher sugar and citric acid content than lemons, making them perfect for beef, chicken or fish marinades.
  • Key lime's acidic juice will keep guacamole green for hours and gives authentic flavor.
  • Add Key limes juice to authentic pico de gallo, or fresh salsa.
  • Zest is the outer skin of any citrus fruit. Lime zest adds both flavor and color to recipes.
  • Although Persian limes are more common in in the U.S., Key limes are the most common variety found worldwide.
  • Persian limes were developed in the U.S. because of the tree's resistance to frost.

Comments

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on December 27, 2017:

I will have to try this especially the one using the blender. I haven't done that before.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 07, 2014:

Darrylmdavis, this is our favorite refreshing summer drink. Enjoy!

Darrylmdavis from Brussels, Belgium on January 07, 2014:

Great stuff! I'll have to try these over the summer :-)

Smurfs from Chennai, India on June 02, 2013:

Interesting !! Great Hub :)

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on May 28, 2013:

Janices7, glad you enjoyed reading about this delicious limeade!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on May 28, 2013:

KenDeanAgudo, you're so right. Limeade is full of Vitamin C which could possibly ward of the common cold. Thanks for your comment.

Janice S on May 28, 2013:

This looks delicious, my mouth even got a little sour just reading over the lime parts of the recipe lol!

Kenneth C Agudo from Tiwi, Philippines on May 28, 2013:

I love that, to cure coughs too.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on May 22, 2013:

platinumOwl, it's a veggie sandwich on bread called "batido", made and sold on the streets of certain cities in Peru. I'm glad you use good water for your limeade! Thanks for your comment.

platinumOwl4 on May 22, 2013:

What I would like to know is what kind of sandwich is that? The limade recipes are fantastic, I use mineral water vs tap or bottle regular water.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on May 09, 2013:

Vibesites, your reference to lemon dishwashing liquid made me laugh! Lemon is hard to find in Peru. Key lime is by far the most common citrus fruit. I'm glad you are going to try this limeade. Enjoy and thanks for your comment!

vibesites from United States on May 08, 2013:

To me I always prefer lime to lemon (because lemon, although the smell is pleasing, reminds me always of a dishwashing liquid lol). I would always have tea with lime, but I've never made a limeade yet. So thanks for your limeade recipe, it just comes at the right time because it's hot in our place. Voted up, useful and a following. :)

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 12, 2013:

Zfuentes, I also enjoy tart limeade. I think you'll really enjoy the flavor of the Key limes. Enjoy and thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

Z. Fuentes from Florida on March 12, 2013:

This limeade recipe sounds amazing. I'm more of a limeade person vs. a lemonade person anyway. I prefer it to be more tart than sweet, and I was glad to see some tips on that. Thanks for sharing!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 09, 2013:

KoffeeKlatchGals, I'm happy to meet another limeade lover! It's so refreshing and gives you a shot of Vitamin C, too. Thanks for the votes and comment!

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on March 09, 2013:

I love limeade. This is a great recipe. Thanks for sharing it. I look forward to trying it this summer. Up, useful and interesting.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on February 02, 2013:

Rumanasaiyed, thanks for your explanation on the health benefits of drinking limemade during the summertime. I appreciate your comment!

Rumana from Sharjah, UAE on February 01, 2013:

This is the most common drink we have in India during summer. It is the good source of glucose as it has got sugar in it, and also maintains the water level of our body during summer.

Voted up Awesome.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on December 12, 2012:

Moonlake, I hope you enjoy the limeade. I've also written a hub for mango limeade, which is another delicious option. That's great that you've given up diet Coke! Limeade has lots of Vitamin C. Enjoy!

moonlake from America on December 12, 2012:

Your pictures are so good. This sounds like something I would like. Now that I have stopped drinking diet coke I have to find replacements. I'm a drinker from morning to night, not alcohol. I get tired of water. Vote up.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 03, 2012:

Great, I hope you enjoy the limeade. It does have a lot of health benefits besides being delicious. Thanks for coming by, Alocsin!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on November 02, 2012:

My partner loves limes so I'll forward your recipe to him. Voting this Up and Useful.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on September 30, 2012:

Key limes are the best...so nutritious and flavorful. Enjoy, unknown spy!

Life Under Construction from Neverland on September 30, 2012:

i love your brilliant recipe Limeade. We have this fruit and I can really try this one!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on September 05, 2012:

Mellonyy, it's always nice to meet a limemade lover. Thank you for coming by!

Mellonyy on September 05, 2012:

Thank you for sharing this great idea! I adore Limeade.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on August 08, 2012:

My grandfather always said, "There's nothing so wonderful as a lime tree in your backyard." They produce so many limes and as you mentioned, limes are so good for us! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, nifwlseirff.

Kymberly Fergusson from Germany on August 08, 2012:

Limes are one of my favourite fruits, and so healthy - they are on my wishlist of fruit trees to try to grow (when I get a wintergarden to protect from the snow/frost). I was surprised to find limes have anti-inflammatory properties, and even fight malaria, golden staph and cholera. Powerful and delicious fruits!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on August 06, 2012:

Mvillecat, Key limes really do make the most delicious limeade. Thanks so much for coming by!

Catherine Dean from Milledgeville, Georgia on August 06, 2012:

Sounds like a wonderful, healthy drink and easy to make.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on August 03, 2012:

Girishpuri, it's nice to meet another limeade lover! Enjoy and thank you for commenting.

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on August 03, 2012:

Loved limeade, and this humid sweating weather really requires preparation like this only, voted up.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 27, 2012:

Natashalh, I learned the blender trick here in Peru. With it, lemonade making is a snap! Thanks so much for coming by. It's great to meet you on Hub Pages.

Natasha from Hawaii on July 27, 2012:

I love all citrus! This recipe sounds awesome. I don't know why I nev thought to use a blender when making lemonade or limeade. You can bet I'll be making this one ASAP! Thanks for sharing the awesome recipe.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 25, 2012:

ChristinS, I'm so glad you've enjoyed the special flavor of Key lime, and it is extra refreshing on a hot Midwestern day. Thanks so much for the vote and share!

Christin Sander from Midwest on July 25, 2012:

This looks absolutely stunning on a 108 degree day here in the midwest ;). I love keylimes - you are so right about the flavor. I use them in guacamole also and lime really does punch up the flavor and keep it from browning. Awesome hub voted and shared so other people dying of heat can enjoy it :)

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 23, 2012:

Randomcreative, enjoy and thanks for taking the time to comment!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 19, 2012:

I love your summer drink recipes! This looks delicious.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 19, 2012:

JaydenMiller, enjoy the limeade and thanks for commenting!

JaydenMiller from USA on July 19, 2012:

I love this. I am going to make some today! Thank you!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 19, 2012:

Rajan Jolly, I'm sure your limes are delicious and there's nothing as refreshing in the heat as limeade. Thanks for commenting and voting!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 18, 2012:

Come summer and I'm into drinking glasses of lime juice every day. We don't get the Peruvian limes here- just the local ones. I love limeade and nothing is better to beat heat than this.

I like the lovely color of the Peruvian limeade.

Voted up, useful and awesome.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 18, 2012:

ComfortB, thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. I hope limes will inject new life into your summer drinks!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 18, 2012:

Molometer, thanks so much for your kind words. I really appreciate it! Enjoy the limeade. It would've been really refreshing in South Africa's heat!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 18, 2012:

Joe Cook, nice to meet another lover of limes! Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment.

Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on July 18, 2012:

I've gotten so used to "lemonade" that I hardly ever think there's anything out there called lime, not to think of making a beverage out of it.

Thanks for sharing this limeade recipe. I bet it will taste even better with a carbonated clear soda instead of the water. Voted Up and Useful.

Micheal from United Kingdom on July 18, 2012:

I love your writing. It gives such a sense of place and occasion. The bonus is we learn how to make limeade too. Must give this a try soon.

Voted up, useful, interesting and an awesome writing style. Sharing.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 18, 2012:

Dexter Yarbrough, homemade limemade is so much more delicious and you get all the nutrients from the limes. Thanks so much for coming by!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 18, 2012:

I'm sorry you lost your tree! Lime trees produce so much fruit that they're wonderful to have in the yard. Thanks for coming by and commenting, kburns421!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 18, 2012:

Kumar24894, most of the world uses Key limes. They're the only citrus fruit that only grows in the tropics, that's why they're not as familiar with them in the U.S. I wonder if you use them in India? They have a much better flavor than the limes and lemons typically sold in American grocery stores. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment!

Dexter Yarbrough from United States on July 18, 2012:

This is great! Now, I will stop buying limeade from the store and make my own! Thanks for the recipe! Awesome!

kburns421 on July 18, 2012:

Yum! I used to pick limes from my backyard and make limeade all the time until we had to cut the trees down. I'm not sure what type of limes they were though. Your hub is very informative with nice pictures and what seems like great recipes. Voted up!

kumar24894 from Fuck of HUBPAGES on July 17, 2012:

Great hub! And useful too !

I didn't knew that there are different lemon and the best are Mexican limes or West Indian limes, that is, key lime.

Thanks for the hub..

Voted up and sharing !

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 17, 2012:

Janine Huldie, I've also been a limeade fan still childhood! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, vote and share!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 17, 2012:

Ericdierker, thanks for your interesting comment. Although limes are called lemons in Peru, there is also a fruit called a lime. It's sweeter and milder than any lime I've ever tried, though, and not very well known even here. Nice to meet you on HubPages!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 17, 2012:

Kelleyward, thanks so much for your kind words and your vote. I hope you can try limeade with Key limes soon. It's very delicious sweetened with Stevia.

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on July 17, 2012:

Loved limeade as a kid and loved this hub. Have pinned to try in the near future, shared and voted too!

kelleyward on July 17, 2012:

I just love your recipes. This hub is organized so beautifully. I gave this limeade recipe 5 stars. Can't wait to try it! Kelley

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 17, 2012:

Cool, I like it. In Vietnamese cuisine we call the brew with soda, Soda Chanh and we add the soda and sugar to taste at the table. It is interest that in Vietnamese we just have the one word for lime and lemon, you add an adjective like green or yellow

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