Delicious & refreshing Limonada! This is an easy recipe that makes 6 cups of perfect sweet lemonade or limeade each and every time.  

A white tray with a vintage bottle that says limonade

Everyone loves a tall fresh drink especially during spring or summer months. This recipe is perfect by itself or to enjoy with this Dragon Berry Lemonade recipe for a refreshing cocktail.

With just a few simple ingredients, you can make a refreshing and healthy drink that will impress your friends and family. Don’t forget to experiment with different variations to find your favorite.

Fun Fact about Mexican Limonada:

In the U.S. people call the fruit a lime or lemon accordingly. In Mexico, limes and lemons are both called limones. So lemonade in Spanish will always be Limonada whether is made with yellow lemons or green limes.

Two glasses filled with a clear drink and lemons & limes as garnish

Mix both types of citrus to make lemon-limeade. So good!

The key to sweeten it perfectly

So what’s the key to make perfectly sweetened limonada each and every time? Use simple syrup instead of regular sugar!

By using simple syrup (instead of sugar), you can use cold water to make the Limonada! Usually sugar does not dissolve well in cold water so this is the perfect way to start a cold drink without having to add extra sugar.

A bottle of limonada with lemons on the side and a glass with ice.


  • Fresh lemon or lime juice. Nothing beats fresh citrus juice!
  • The sweetener: I like to use simple syrup but agave syrup is also a great choice.
  • Cold water.
  • Garnish: sliced limes or lemon wedges and mint. Optional.

I found the perfect ratio for a delicious Limonada to be 1 cup simple syrup + 1 cup lemon or lime juice + 4 cups of water.

If you’re using Mexican or key limes, which tend to be a little bit more acidic, start with 3/4 cup of juice and adjust from there. Or if you use 1 cup of lime juice, you may need to add a little more simple syrup to balance the bitter flavor. Unless of course that’s your thing 😉

How many limes or lemons do I need for 1 cup of juice?

It all depends on how juicy your limes or lemons are and their size. Typically it will take about 8 large juicy limes or about 4 large juicy lemons .


This drink is a versatile and can be customized to suit your taste. Here are a few variations you can try:

  • Add sparkling water for a fizzy twist.
  • Infuse the limonade with fresh herbs like basil or thyme for a unique flavor.
  • Mix in fruit juice like strawberry or raspberry for a fruity kick.
  • Add a shot of your favorite spirit like vodka or gin for a boozy twist.
A white serving plate with fresh squeezed lemons, a cup with lemon juice and a cup with simple syrup

Buying guide

  1. Look for limes or lemons that are heavy for their size. This means they are juicy and have a higher water content, which is what you want.
  2. Check the skin for firmness and smoothness. A good lime/lemon will have a firm, smooth skin without any blemishes or soft spots.
  3. Smell the lime/lemon. If it smells fresh and citrusy, it’s probably a good one. If it doesn’t smell like anything or has a musty odor, it may not be as fresh.


Making this refreshing drink could not be easier than this. Just squeeze the lemon or lime juice, place it in a jar, add the simple syrup, water and stir to combine all ingredients.

Note: If using limes, you can use a citrus squeezer or just use your hands. However, make sure you strain the seeds away if doing it with your hands.

A hand with a measuring cup filling up a tall jar

How to get the most juice out of a lemon or lime

If you want to get the most juice out of your lemon, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to make the process easier and more efficient. Let’s take a look!

  1. Roll it: Roll your lemon on a hard surface with your hand to break down the pulp and make the juice easier to extract. This can be done before or after cutting the lemon.
  2. Microwave it: If you’re in a hurry, you can microwave your lemon for 10-15 seconds to help it release more juice. Be sure to cut the lemon in half before microwaving it.
  3. Use a citrus reamer: A citrus reamer is a handy tool that can help you get every last drop of juice out of your lemon. Simply cut your lemon in half, place it on top of the reamer, and twist it back and forth to extract the juice.
  4. Squeeze it: If you don’t have a citrus reamer, you can squeeze your lemon by hand or with a juicer. To do this, cut your lemon in half and use a fork or lemon squeezer to press down on the fruit and extract the juice.
  5. Heat it up: If your lemon is cold, you can try warming it up by placing it in warm water for a few minutes. This can help the juice flow more easily.
  6. Use a mesh strainer: If you want to remove any pulp or seeds from your lemon juice, you can strain it through a mesh strainer.

So there you have it – some simple tips and tricks to help you get the most juice out of your lemon.

How to Store

  • Fridge: Fresh limonada should be stored in an airtight container, such as a glass jar or plastic bottle, and refrigerated immediately after it is made. The container should be tightly sealed to prevent air from entering, which can cause the juice to spoil more quickly.
  • Freezer: Use a freezer-safe container like a plastic jug. It’s important to leave some space at the top of the container as the juice will expand when it freezes.
  • Defrosting: Thaw in the fridge overnight. Alternatively, you can also thaw it at room temperature for a few hours.
  • How long does homemade lemonade last? Stored in the refrigerator lasts up to 5 days.
Limonada in a vintage bottle with a glass on the side

Limonada FAQs

Can I freeze lemons or limes?

Yes you can! Just juice the lemons or limes, place the juice in a freezer bag and store for up to 6 months.

Why is my lemonade bitter?

Could be you’re using old lemons or the lemons were not ripe enough. Avoid scraping the white pith that lies right beneath the peel. The pith makes it bitter.

How long does Limonada last?

Homemade limonada lasts in the fridge, up to 7 days.

Is limonada good for you?

Limonade can be a healthier option when made with fresh ingredients and without too much added sugar. Some of the citrus nutritional benefits is high vitamin c, antioxidants and magnesium.

Limonada in a vintage bottle. Fresh lemons on the side

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Two glasses filled with a clear drink and lemons & limes as garnish


Servings 6 cups
Ana Frias
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Perfectly sweetened Limonada! An easy recipe that makes 2 quarts of perfect lemonade each and every time.  
6 cups


  • 1 cup fresh lemon or lime juice About 4 large lemons or 8 to 10 large limes
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • 4 cups cold water
  • Ice for serving


  • Using a lemon or lime squeezer, juice the lemons/lime until you reach one cup.
  • In a large pitcher, add the lemon/lime juice, the simple syrup & water.
  • Mix well and enjoy over a glass filled with ice.

Muy Delish Notes:

Note: By using simple syrup (instead of sugar), you can use cold water to make the Limonada! Usually sugar does not dissolve well in cold water so this is the perfect way to start a cold drink.
Homemade Limonada will last in fridge about 7 days. 

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Serving: 1cup | Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 39mg | Sugar: 26g

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  1. 5 stars
    I love to make limonada for my family since it’s so easy to make! I freeze the lime juice as you suggested and have it ready to make in a minute. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    This Limonada is a beauty!! This drink is perfect for my spring book club meeting next week!!!!!!!