This homemade mint limeade recipe is about to become a summer staple. Refreshing, easy to make, and a go-to for summer gatherings like picnics and BBQ’s! Made with fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice and a hefty handful of mint!
This post was originally published March 7, 2014. It has since been updated with new photos and recipe tips.
If you only make one drink recipe from this site, make it this limeade. It is my all-time favorite, and I am not just saying that. It is SO GOOD.
In fact, I could very comfortably say this is my favorite summer drink of all time. I have probably made it over 50 times and it always disappears quickly. My son begs for us to grow mint in our garden just so we can have it handy for this drink.
Which is really saying something, because he is super picky. The mint is so refreshing and the combination of lemon and lime is dreamy. Nothing cools you off on a hot summer day like a tall glass of this Homemade Mint Limeade.
Lime Mint Drink Ingredients:
This recipe is incredibly simple to make and only calls for five simple ingredients. Most of which are kitchen staples and already on hand! Below I break things down to give you an idea of each and ingredient and how it works with the recipe.
- Sugar- Granulated sugar is simmered with water to create a simple syrup. This is to help avoid a grainy texture and provide a perfectly smooth and sweet drink recipe.
- Water- Water helps to tone down the tart flavor you get from the lemons and limes leaving you refreshed.
- Lemons- Limes are wonderful all on their own, but the secret to this recipe is fresh squeezed lemon juice!
- Limes- Fresh squeezed limes are best and provide the bold flavor in every limeade recipe.
- Mint- We use fresh mint, not ground or dried. You can normally find one of these plants in the produce section of your local grocer.
How to pick lemons:
Finding the best lemons to use in lemonade can be tricky. You want to pick a lemon that is heavier with a thinner skin. These lemons and limes are going to have the most juice which means less squeezing for you.
If you cannot find lemons or limes in your grocery store, you can use bottled lemon and lime juice. Adjust the amount of sugar based on tartness of the juice you use.
How to juice lemons and limes:
My all-time favorite way to juice a lemon starts with a secret. Follow the instructions below for easy squeezing.
- Heat your lemon or lime in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.
- Gently roll on the counter and apply a small amount of pressure until the lemon/lime is soft.
- Slice in half and use a lemon juicer to squeeze all of the juice from your fruit.
Tip: Place a fine strainer over your measuring cup to catch any falling seeds.
How to make fresh squeezed limeade:
- Combine one cup of sugar with the one cup of water in a small saucepan.
- Cook until the sugar is dissolved and remove from the heat.
- Squeeze the lemons and limes over a strainer until you get one cup of juice.
- In a tall pitcher add the remaining sugar with the mint leaves. Slightly mash to infuse the flavor.
- Add the lemon/lime juice and mix until the sugar dissolves.
- Stir in your simple syrup and the remaining 7 cups of water. Stir and enjoy.
How long does homemade limeade last?
The longest we have saved this homemade limeade has been 5 to 7 days. After that time it is best to discard and make a new batch.
More Lemonade Recipes:
- Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
- Blackberry Lemonade
- Strawberry Lemonade
- Lemonade Margaritas with Strawberry
- Arnold Palmer
More Lime Recipes:
- 1-1/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
- 8 cups cold water, divided