Various fruits can be used to make a range of limeade at home. One can use berries, cantaloupes, and other such seasonal fruits to make this perfect summer drink.
As the heat of the summer drives you up the wall with an unquenchable thirst, it's time to come up with some body coolants. At times, drinking plain water is not quite enough. Your body also requires some amount of sugar to replenish the lost energy. So, a homemade limeade is just the answer you may be looking for.
Synonymous with summers, this tangy refreshing drink is very easy to make and is almost a hit with every type of crowd that you might be entertaining. This signature summer drink does not require you to purchase exotic ingredients. In fact, most of the ingredients can be found in your kitchen most of the time. So, let's take a look at how easy it is to make a limeade at home within minutes.
Ways to Make Limeade at Home
Basic Limeade Recipe
☀ Lime, 6 - 8
☀ Water, 9½ cups
☀ Sugar, 1½ cups
☀ Juice the limes till you get about one cup of lime juice. Ensure that you have removed all the seeds, or they may introduce bitterness to your drink.
☀ Next, make a sugar syrup with equal parts of water and equal parts of sugar. Stir the two of them till the sugar dissolves completely. For instance, 1½ cups of sugar should be dissolved in 1½ cups of water.
☀ Now, mix the lime juice and the sugar syrup to get your basic limeade concentrate.
☀ This amount of concentrate will be good enough for about 4 - 5 glasses of limeade drink.
☀ So, pour the remaining water, and stir it to completely dissolve the concentrate.
☀ Serve with ice if needed, and garnish with a lime wedge.
Watermelon Limeade Recipe
☀ Seedless watermelon, 1-inch cubes, 8 cups
☀ Fresh lemon juice (roughly 8 lemons), 1½ cups
☀ Water, 3½ cups
☀ Granulated white sugar, 1 cup
☀ Blend the watermelon cubes and the lime juice into a thick paste. Use a sieve to remove the thickness, and pour the watery mixture in a pitcher.
☀ Bring the water and the sugar to boil in a skillet. Ensure that the sugar melts and dissolves completely.
☀ Add the hot sugar syrup to the pitcher of lime and watermelon. Refrigerate this for about 2 hours.
☀ To serve, half fill the glasses with ice and pour the watermelon limeade on top.
☀ Garnish the drink with a watermelon wedge.
Orange Limeade Recipe
☀ Fresh orange juice, 2 cups
☀ Lime juice, ¼ cup
☀ Sugar, ¼ cup
☀ Water, 1 liter
☀ Orange slices, for garnishing
☀ In a large pitcher, stir orange juice, lime juice, and sugar till it is completely dissolved.
☀ Add 2 cups of ice and water to this mixture and stir.
☀ Pour into glasses, and add orange slices to garnish the drink.
Blueberry Limeade Recipe
☀ Fresh blueberries, 1 packet
☀ Freshly squeezed lime juice, 1 cup
☀ Sugar, 1 cup
☀ Chilled water, 5 cups
☀ Lime slices, for garnish
☀ Blend blueberries, lime juice, and sugar into a puree. Use a blender to do so for a smooth texture.
☀ Pour the blend in a big pitcher to proceed further.
☀ Add water to this blend, and keep stirring till the concentrate dissolves into a desired taste for the drink.
☀ Garnish the drink with leftover berries and lime slices.
Cranberry Limeade Recipe
☀ Freshly squeezed lime juice, 1 cup
☀ Unsweetened fresh cranberry juice, ½ cup
☀ Sugar syrup, 1 cup
☀ Water, 1½ cups
☀ Ice, as required
☀ In a large pitcher, add lime juice, cranberry juice, cold water, and the syrup.
☀ Depending on the desired sweetness, you can alter the amount of water to be added to this recipe.
☀ Add the ice just before you are ready to serve the drink.
So, these were three simple recipes through which limeade can be made at home. You can make the concentrate and chill it in the refrigerator too so that you can make the drink to your convenience. You can always try your own permutation and combination with other fruits too.