Perfectly Sweet Limonada

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

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

A white tray with a vintage bottle that says limonade

This year our lemon tree gave us an abundance of lemons. More than we knew what to do with! So I’ve been making a lot of things with lemons.

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Fact: In the U.S. people call the fruit a lime or lemon accordingly. In Mexico, limes and lemons are both called limones. U.S. lemons are not very common in Mexico.

So lemonade in Spanish will always be Limonada.

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.

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

Ingredients:

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

A white serving plate with fresh squeezed lemons, a cup with lemon juice and a cup with simple syrup

Instructions:

Making Limonada could not be easier than this! Just squeeze the lemon or lime juice, place it in a jar, add the simple syrup, water and mix!!!

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

A hand with a measuring cup filling up a tall jar

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.

How do you make limeade from scratch?

Use Mexican limes for the perfect limeade instead. The ratios can be the same: 1 cup lime juice + 1 cup simple syrup + 4 cups water. If the limes are very sour, adjust your water & simple syrup to taste.

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 many limes do I need for 1 cup of juice?

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

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

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

How long does Limonada last?

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

Limonada in a vintage bottle with a glass on the side

May I also recommend a delicious Mangonada? They are also one of Mexico’s favorite drinks/treats and I’m sure you’ll love them!

If you make this recipe, I would love to hear about it! Leave me a comment below to let me know how you liked it? By adding a comment and star rating you’re helping Muy Delish get even better!

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

Limonada

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

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

*Ana’s 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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NUTRITION

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

The nutritional information and US conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this data. If this is important to you, please verify with your favourite nutrition calculator and/or unit conversion tool.

This Limonada goes perfect with:

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Limonada in a vintage bottle. Fresh lemons on the side

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  1. 5 stars
    This Limonada is a beauty!! This drink is perfect for my spring book club meeting next week!!!!!!!