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Easy strawberry limeade recipe

The weather is getting warmer and that means pitchers of lemonade and iced tea. Around here, we like to try different versions of both of these beverages and this strawberry limeade recipe has quickly become a favorite. It is made with only four ingredients and it comes together in about 10 minutes, making it a perfect thirst-quencher when you want something quick and easy that tastes great.

I’ll give you variations and substitutions where I can, plus helpful tips and tricks for success. Read on for this info as well as the recipe. If you’d like to skip straight to the recipe, use the jump to recipe button at the top of the post.

You may also be interested in my strawberry lemonade and my strawberry thyme lemonade recipes. For ease of browsing, you can find all of my drink recipes in one place.

Strawberry limeade in tall glasses with fresh strawberries on the rim.

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Why you should make this recipe

  • Quick & Easy – This strawberry limeade comes together in only a few minutes.
  • 4 ingredients – You’ll need strawberries, limes, sugar and water. That’s all!
  • Versatile – You can adjust almost everything in the recipe to make it suit your personal preferences.
Summer drinks with strawberries and limes in clear glasses.

Easy homemade strawberry limeade

This limeade is perfect for Spring and summer parties. It can be made ahead and put in the fridge to chill overnight.

It would also be great for baby showers and birthday parties. Make a double batch and put it in a large glass drink dispenser for guests.

Easy strawberry limeade recipe in clear glasses with pitcher.

Ingredients

While we’re on the subject of ingredients, please don’t be tempted to use bottled lime juice. It just won’t taste the same. Fresh squeezed lime juice only takes a few minutes and it is absolutely worth it.

Ingredients shot.
  • Limes – We can’t have limeade without limes.
  • Strawberries – Fresh strawberries (or frozen strawberries), give this limeade an extra fruity twist.
  • Sugar – Sugar sweets the limeade and balances the acidity.
  • Water – You can add more or less to adjust to your preference.

How to make

Making this strawberry limeade from scratch takes only a few minutes. The first step is making a simple syrup from sugar and water.

Strawberry drink with lime wheels.

Once the syrup is made, we blend it up with the strawberries, then add the lime juice and water. That’s it!

Strawberry limeade FAQ’s

Why make a simple syrup?

The reason I make the syrup instead of just adding sugar to the limeade is because sometimes it takes awhile for the sugar to dissolve. Have you ever had lemonade that had grains of undissolved sugar at the bottom? A simple syrup eliminates that because the sugar gets dissolved into the water over heat.

Can I make this ahead?

Absolutely! You can make it a day or two ahead of time and store in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

Can I make this sugar-free?

Yes, you can. If you like sour drinks, simply omit the sugar. If you want to sweeten it without sugar, you could substitute honey, agave, or a sugar-free sweetener like stevia or monkfruit.

Strawberry and lime drink in clear glasses with fresh limes on the side.

Serving suggestions

Here are a few of our favorite warm weather recipes.

Glass of strawberry limeade.

Helpful tools and equipment

  • Blender – Most of you already have one, but if you don’t or you’re looking for a new one, this one is great for smoothies too. Crushes ice like a champ! This is the one I own, and while it isn’t inexpensive, it’s worth every penny.
  • Citrus reamer – This measures the juice while you are juicing the lemon and limes.
  • Manual citrus juicer – A step up from a citrus reamer, all you have to do is squeeze!
  • Electric citrus juicer – This is what I have. If you have arthritis or issues with your grip like I do, this could be a good option for you as well.

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Yield: 6 servings

Strawberry Limeade

Strawberry Limeade

4 ingredient strawberry limeade is quick, easy and so delicious.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

Strawberry Simple Syrup

  • 1 1/2 pints strawberries, washed and hulled (about 4 cups, whole berries)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water

Limeade

  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice, about 8 limes
  • 4 cups cold water

Instructions

  1. In a small sauce pot, combine sugar and water over medium heat. Stir to combine and simmer over medium heat until dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat, cool to room temperature.
  3. In a blender, combine strawberries and simple syrup. Blend until smooth.
  4. Combine lime juice, strawberry simple syrup and water in a pitcher. Stir to combine.
  5. Serve over ice and garnish with strawberries and lime wheels, if desired.

Notes

If you like your limeade less sweet, you may want to reduce the sugar. If you like it sweeter, increase sugar to 1 1/2 cups.

Also, if you like it less strong, add an additional cup of water.

You can make this a day or two ahead of time and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 194Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 4gSugar: 40gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information provided by a third party company to be used as a guideline only.

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