This refreshing homemade Limeade recipe is easy to make, and the recipe calls for just three ingredients: lime juice, granulated sugar, and water.

This Limeade serves six and only costs $2.13 to make; that’s just 36¢ per serving! Think of all the time and money you will save by not going to Sonic to get your drink fix! Serve it with this Southwest Pasta Salad and Grilled BBQ Chicken for a perfect summertime meal.  

Finished limeade recipe with text overlay for Pinterest.

Limeade Recipe

What is your definition of summer? Mine is simply a large ice-cold glass of Limeade. Oh, my goodness! Nothing beats a refreshing glass of this drink when it’s poured over ice. It is HEAVEN in a glass, folks. 

Luckily, your glass of heaven is not too far out of reach for you this summer. It is so easy to make! Just three simple ingredients, and you are on your way. 

What I love about this limeade recipe is its perfect ratio of sweet and tart. It is so crisp and delicious. It will quickly become your go-to recipe this summer. 

Whether sitting out by the pool or having a fun family game night, this recipe will be the perfect addition and quickly rise to the top of your summertime favorites list. 

Limemade in a glass jar with a lime and paper straw.

What does Limeade taste like?

Limeade is the perfect combination of sweet and tart. It is the definition of summer in a glass. 

Limeade Recipe Ingredients and Estimated Cost:

Per Serving Cost: $0.36

Recipe Cost: $2.13

  • 1 ⅔ cup lime juice $1.78: Use freshly-squeezed or bottled. You can even use key lime juice.
  • 1 – 1½ cup granulated sugar $0.35: The amount of sugar you use depends on how sweet you like your homemade limeade.
  • 6 cups water $0.00: Use nice, cold water so you can drink it right away.

NOTE: The recipe prices are used calculating name brand products from Walmart’s website. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.

Overhead picture of the finished limeade in a mason jar mug.

How To Make Limeade:

For complete recipe instruction and a recipe video, see the recipe card below.

STEP ONE: First, pour the lime juice and 1 ¼ cup of sugar into a large pitcher.

STEP TWO: Pour in the water. Stir until the sugar dissolves.

STEP THREE: Add sugar to taste. You may not need to add any sugar.

STEP FOUR: Finally, serve cold or over ice for the best-tasting limeade drink.

How to store this Limeade Recipe

Store limeade in a pitcher or glass jar with a tight-fitting lid in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You can also freeze limeade for up to 3 months.

To freeze limeade, pour it into ice cube trays or freezer-safe bags. When ready to enjoy, thaw the limeade in the refrigerator or at room temperature.

How long does homemade limeade last?

It will last five days in the refrigerator or three months in the freezer when stored correctly.

A pitcher full of homemade limeade on a green checkered napkin.

Best Limeade Recipe FAQs:

What’s the difference between lemonade and limeade?

Lemonade is made with lemons, while limeade is made with limes. Also, lemonade is sour and tart, while limeade is more bitter. Lemonade is typically pale yellow, while limeade is usually pale green.

What’s the difference between lime juice and limeade?

Lime juice is the pure juice of limes, while limeade is a drink made with lime juice, water, and sugar.

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The finished limeade recipe in a clear glass mug with a paper straw.
4.43 from 7 votes

Homemade Limeade Drink

Recipe Cost $ 2.13
Serving Cost $ 0.36
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
6 people
Refreshing homemade Limeade is easy to make and it takes just three ingredients: lime juice, granulated sugar, and water.


  • Drink pitcher
  • Measuring cups
  • wooden spoon


  • 1 ⅔ cup lime juice
  • 1 ¼ – 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 6 cups water


  • Pour lime juice, 1 ¼ cup sugar, and water into a large pitcher.
  • Stir until sugar is almost dissolved. Add more sugar to taste. Serve over ice or chilled.



Serving: 1.5cup | Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. So refreshing. I used this as a base for a mojito. Just added mint and rum!

  2. Nellie Tracy says:

    So refreshing and delicious! New summer favorite!

  3. Thank you for the recipe! It’s easy to make and delicious!!