Minty-fresh limeade

I like to use rum to help dilute the limeade

It has come to our attention that some of our readers are teetotalers. So this drink’s for you. The rest of you lushes can spike the pitcher.

Limeade with mint

  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2Β  1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/4-1 1/2 cups fresh lime juice (about 8-12 fresh limes)

Juice limes, strain pulp and set aside. Combine water, sugar and mint leaves (roughly torn) in two-quart pot on the stove. Bring water to a boil, stirring occasionally to make a simple syrup. Allow to cool completely. This will let the mint leaves steep longer. Once cooled, strain simple syrup to remove mint leaves. Combine with the lime juice. This will provide your base, almost a concentrate. Add water, tonic water or spirits to your taste. We tend to pour it in a two-quart pitcher and fill it with water. We have some friends who drink the base straight. They’re nondrinkers and like the sugar rush.

Want to impress your friends? Have extra mint leaves? Place one in each pocket of an empty ice cube tray, fill with water and freeze. It’s a magical, minty elixir.

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59 Responses to Minty-fresh limeade

  1. rutheh says:

    Looks like a wonderful way to kick off summer on the front porch!

  2. What a great idea with the mint. Gorgeous photo and the comment underneath made me laugh.

  3. ChefMom says:

    Yum! This looks like a great drink for hanging out in the backyard this summer (if I wasn’t so afraid of the darn bugs chasing me around!). Mr. N would love this drink. When he was 2 and 3 he used to refer to himself as the “King of Sour” because he loved anything and everything that was sour. Kind of funny because when I was preggers with him the thing I craved most was fresh lemonade. πŸ™‚

  4. This looks great and I recently got a mint plant so I’m going to give it a try. Thanks!

  5. love the mint-leaf ice cubes. fancy. πŸ™‚

  6. Yeah, adding rum right now! Whee!

  7. I have got to try the minty ice cubes…I’m sure they look magical!

  8. Great, refreshing idea!

  9. Nice! I reckon gin would compliment this quite nicely.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  10. So delicious – I guess I’d be a rum spiker. Love the ice cubes.

  11. My BlogJect says:

    Loving th ice cube idea

  12. A friend of mine used to make something like this, except she used peppermint schnapps instead of fresh mint.

  13. I love lemonade and I just got into Limeade. So I love your fresh take on this drink and I love your recipe.

  14. Caroline says:

    This drink sounds and looks so refreshing. Pretty sure I’d be guilty of spiking that pitcher. Knowing my friends and family, they’d be all for it!

  15. Fantastic (and loved the comment about the rum!). Am not a tee totaller, but sometimes you just want something long, cool and non alcoholic. Although IΒ΄m thinking it would go well with most spirits! And another good way of using up some of that mint too.

  16. Joyti says:

    It sounds really great. There’s this cafe that serves a version of this that is made with sparkling instead of still/plain water – and they call it a ‘fruit mojito’. Yours sound easier and more refreshing.

  17. Feeding Time says:

    Great, love both the mint limeade and mint lemonade. And I am a firm believer that both should be spiked!

  18. Carol Murphy says:

    Ill be having this tonight!

  19. Clever if not brilliant photograph …the liquidy curve of the spout promising a great splash of a refreshment. Great picture.

  20. Linda says:

    Please don’t hold the liquor for me!! This is refreshing and a bit of rum will be perfect!! Great photo!

  21. Amy says:

    This looks amazing for summer!!! I think I may make it but dump the whole thing in the blender πŸ™‚

  22. It’s on my list of things to drink…moving it to the TOP of that list! Thanks for sharing.

  23. eva626 says:

    this definitely beats my late night drink of cold water +crushed ice cubes +one lime

  24. nrhatch says:

    Sounds refreshing . . . with and without the rum. πŸ˜€

  25. We are obsessed with limeade ourselves…and now I want some right now

  26. TasteFood says:

    mmmmm – a virgin mojito. Perfect.

  27. sanjapanja says:

    I have to buy some lime tomorrow!

  28. Wow–what an amazing website! Glad I found out about it!

  29. Yum! I have mint taking over my herb garden so this will be a good way to get it under control.

    This might be a silly question but what kind of rum? White? I’m not much of a rum drinker but want to try it. πŸ™‚

  30. mollyparr says:

    Best caption, EVER.

  31. Casey says:

    Awesome caption – and not a bad lookin’ limeade either.

  32. yum!! I have so much fresh mint right now; this looks great!

  33. saminacooks says:

    Oh wow, I think I need one of those this week….with the rum. It would definitely be a good way to relax.

  34. rsmacaalay says:

    That looks so refreshing!

  35. fatisrecipes says:

    the mint and lime make a really great combo πŸ˜€

  36. jessica says:

    So you obviously know I am pregnant from my blog post on Monday so in lieu of my wine I am craving sweet drinks like this. I have more limes than I know what to do with so thanks for a great recipe. I always see cocktail and mock tail recipes that I want to try but I don’t trust the recipe- yours I trust and will be doing this drink this weekend if I can wait til then- maybe this afternoon!

  37. This looks so cool and refreshing! Love the idea on the mint leaves and I have millions in my yard. There are a lot of lushes around me. I may have to spike it just a little!

  38. Kas says:

    This is DELICIOUS! Just made a big pitcher of it … so nice in this 90-degree weather!

  39. I make these all the time, sometimes I like to use sparkling water. Funny you posted this, I planted two spearmint plants in my garden last week just to make this drink for summer (when the kids are sleeping we add some white rum!).

  40. changingmoods says:

    Looks and sounds like a cool, refreshing drink to beat this heat!

  41. joshuafagans says:

    Mint and lime go so well together… have been known to sneak a little rum into the mix as well though. Looks like we are finally going to start heating up at the end of the week so time to break out the cold beverages!

  42. randommanda says:

    Yum! What a great drink idea – I bet my daughter would love this… and I’ll spike mine with some vodka! πŸ˜‰

  43. My ten-year-old makes a great lime-ade. I will have to share this with her and then add a little vodka to my glass.

  44. This is making my mouth water just looking at it. Sounds so refreshing.

  45. I have approximately 1 million mint plants in my yard. This will definitely help use it up and it looks super tasty too!

  46. Jen says:

    This looks super refreshing… and I bet it would be fantastic with rum! Sort of like a mojito.
    I always buy mint and then have a ton left over, so I will have to try this next time.

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  49. A_Boleyn says:

    Stopping in from Rufus’ blog.

    For some reason fresh mint is scarcer than hen’s teeth in south-western Ontario. I’m going to have to grow it myself … if I can find some seeds. The limeade looks delicious and for a change, I actually have the rum to add to it. πŸ™‚

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