Summer Limeade

summer limeade

Making a batch of this American frozen drink recipe for a party? For a touch of easy fanciness, add berries or even edible flowers into an ice tray. Top with water and freeze for beautiful ice cubes to use for the limeade. Also note that the lime zest increases the lime flavor; letting it sit for a day before serving pumps up the citrus-ness.

Nutrition Facts

Summer Limeade


9 Per Serving


0g Per Serving


0g Per Serving
Calories 9
Total Fat 0.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 3 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 0 g

Dietary Exchanges


Servings  5   Serving Size   8 ounces

  • ice, as needed
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)
  • 4 lime wheels, to garnish (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest (zest from about 2 limes)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon sugar substitute
  • 5 cups cold water


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  1. Wash 3 limes. Using a microplane or zester, zest each lime. Add zest into a large pitcher.
  2. Cut each lime in half. Use a juicer or citrus reamer to juice each lime until you have 1/3 cup lime juice. Add into the pitcher, along with sugar substitute and water. Stir together to combine.
  3. If desired, make 4 lime wheels by cutting and discarding the ends off the lime. Slice the lime into 4 wheels and add each one into a glass.
  4. Add ice into each glass and fill with 8 ounces limeade. Stir limeade before serving because the zest settles into the bottom of the pitcher. Pour into glasses and serve.

Cooking Tip: There are a few tricks to get the maximum amount of juice from your limes. Gently warm in the microwave for just a few seconds and/ or roll the limes back and forth under the palm of your hand on a cutting board.

Keep it Healthy: An advantage to using sugar substitute is that it dissolves instantly to sweeten a beverage.

Tip: If you have fruit on hand (anything from mango to strawberries), add 1 to 2 tablespoons into the glass and muddle it before adding the limeade.