Sparkling Limeade with Mint + Simple Syrup

If one flavor captures the essence of spring and summer, it’s citrus. This sparkling limeade with simple syrup and a mint garnish is a classic crowd-pleaser you’ll be proud to make from scratch.

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Well, here we are, late June, and while I ought to be in the middle of packing for our upcoming move, instead I’m wandering around our favorite farmers markets for the last few times and taking pictures of sparkling limeade!

This might be poor judgment on my part, but honestly, I’m at a point where I feel like those priorities are right where I want them to be. The packing will get done – eventually, and well enough. But that limeade isn’t going to make or drink itself, and I definitely want to soak up as much life here in Brussels as possible before we say goodbye!

All the same, I’ll keep this post short and to the point. Few drinks speak SUMMER to me as this one does. It’s such a great go-to for small parties, BBQs, or just cooling down on a sweltering afternoon. Sparkling=festive. Lime=bright, fresh, and tangy. Life is good.

And if you’ve never used simple syrup before to sweeten your drinks, oh my, you are in for a treat. It couldn’t be easier to make, and then you can just keep it in the fridge to whip out and sweeten anything (hello cocktails!) at a moment’s notice and to taste. You little kitchen boss, you. Bonus points if you store it in a sweet retro-ish glass bottle like this:

Glass bottle of simple syrup.

So, sparkling limeade 100% belongs on your summer menu. The hardest part is juicing the limes, but even that won’t take more than 10 minutes or so. And if you have kids casting about proclaiming to be bored, maybe this is the perfect job to outsource?

And, speaking of cocktails, if you add a little vodka to your serving, well, I’ll never tell. 🙂

Happy drinking!

A tall glass pitcher filled with sparkling limeade.

Two mason jars filled with sparkling limeade.

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A tall glass pitcher filled with sparkling limeade.

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Sparkling Limeade with Mint and Simple Syrup

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Yield 6-8 servings

If one flavor captures the essence of spring and summer, it's citrus. This sparkling limeade with simple syrup and a mint garnish is a classic crowd-pleaser you'll be proud to make from scratch.

Ingredients

Simple Syrup: 

  • 1 cup (235 ml) water
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar

​Limeade:​

  • 1 cup (235 ml) lime juice (from 12-15 limes)
  • 2 cups​ (​470 ml​) sparkling​ water​, chilled​
  • ¾ cup (​175 ml​)​ simple syrup
  • to garnish - ​ice, lime slices or wedges, and mint, as desired

Instructions

  1. To make simple syrup, combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Stir​ over medium-heat until ​the ​sugar dissolves and the mixture boils, then lower heat to medium and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove pan from the heat and cool to room temperature. Pour syrup into a sealed glass container and store in the fridge until ready to use.
  2. To make limeade, combine lime juice, sparkling water, and about ¾ cup simple syrup in a large pitcher. Stir to combine. Taste, and add more simple syrup if you desire a sweeter drink.
  3. Add ice, lime slices or wedges, and mint leaves for garnish, as desired. Serve cold! 

Notes

Simple syrup will keep for a month in the fridge, and is very useful for sweetening other beverages as desired, to include cocktails!

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Cuisine American

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The ultimate summer drink recipe - sparkling limeade with simple syrup and mint! It's so fast and easy to make this non-alcoholic classic crowd-pleaser for your next summer gathering! #limeade #summerrecipes #drinks

The ultimate summer drink recipe - sparkling limeade with simple syrup and mint! It's so fast and easy to make this non-alcoholic classic crowd-pleaser for your next summer gathering! #limeade #summerrecipes #drinks

13 Comments

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    Sri Mallya
    July 2, 2018 at 2:33 am

    So refreshing and delicious. Love the combo. Perfect for summer!

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    Sri Mallya
    July 2, 2018 at 2:33 am

    So refreshing and delicious. Love the combo. Perfect for summer!

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    Julie
    July 2, 2018 at 1:05 am

    Those are the brightest green limes I’ve ever seen! Good luck with the packing and the move. I am dreading our upcoming move, and it’s only to a new neighborhood, let alone a different continent!

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    Kitty
    July 2, 2018 at 12:32 am

    I never think of making limeade but I always get it at the beach. Will have to try this recipe. It looks gorgeous!

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    Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    July 2, 2018 at 12:26 am

    I love sparkling lemonade!!! This sounds so refreshing on a hot day like today!!

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    Elcitrakale
    July 1, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Simple syrup is always on my fridge especially summer time. And this sparkling limeade is on my list now! thx for the recipe and idea

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    Jessica (Swanky Recipes)
    July 1, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    We are headed to the cottage next week and we always try new recipes that are easy to make and that can feed a crowd. I love how refreshing this sounds and it will go perfectly with our brats!

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    lauren
    July 1, 2018 at 11:57 am

    So refreshing and delicious! Love the idea of using this for a cocktail base. I’m sure it’s dangerously easy to sip with a little vodka!

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    Marisa Franca
    July 1, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Oooh — my mouth is watering just looking at that pitcher of sparkling limeade. We have some mint growing outside the kitchen door that would be perfect for that refreshing drink. Making the recipe this afternoon.

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    Shanna Jones
    June 30, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    This would make such a great mocktail or cocktail! Loving the fresh juice and homemade simple syrup! This is a winner right here. Adding to my list!

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    Rachel
    June 29, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    This is so pretty an refreshing looking! Where I live a heat wave is projected for the week with temps pushing 100 on one day. I think this is exactly what I’m going to need to keep my cool!

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    Tara
    June 29, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    This sounds glorious in the 90 degree + weather right now. Plus mint & lime are the yummiest combo!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      June 29, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      Don’t they just complement each other so well? Thanks, Tara!

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