Refreshing Summer Limeade Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson |

Forget lemonade! This summer, limeade is what it’s all about. This refreshing summer drinktakes only a little work and serves enough for a small party or picnic. If you want to spike it, try adding vodka or gin for a sparkling gimlet.

As for the salt in the recipe, trust me, it’s tasty! Try adding a little to one serving and see if you like it.

Prep Details

Servings: 4-6


1/2 cup sugar

1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, from about 8 limes

3 cups seltzer or water

Pinch of salt

Optional Garnish

mint leaves

basil leaves




Make the simple syrup: Combine the sugar with 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar and remove from the heat. Let cool.

Combine the simple syrup, lime juice, and seltzer or water in a large pitcher filled with ice and stir to incorporate. Pour over glasses filled with ice and your garnish of choice.