It dawned on me the other day I had never written about a beverage.  I’m certainly not whipping up cocktails in my kitchen every night, but alcohol or not, I do enjoy toying with ingredients in my drinks- whether it be adding apple pie spice to hot cocoa, or putting grapefruit juice in my gin and tonic (though there must be a name for that).  With an abundance of limes on hand, I decided to make homemade limeade.  If you’ve only had lemonade and not limeade, then you’re missing a crucial part of the citrus drink spectrum.  Even more tart in flavor, limeade is incredibly refreshing.  To enhance the drink’s natural green hue and mellow out the tartness, I added mint.  This drink is wonderful on its own, but it without a doubt begs for a splash of gin or vodka.  Cheers to finding my go to summertime drink.

Homemade Mint Limeade

Make 2 glasses

juice of 6 limes

2 tsp finely chopped fresh mint

3 T agave nectar (or simple syrup)

2 1/2 c water (sparkling if you have it)

Whisk together the lime juice, mint, and agave nectar.  Divide lime mixture between two medium size glasses.  Fill the glasses slightly more than half way with ice cubes.  Stir well to chill lime mixture.  Pour 1 1/4 cups of flat or sparkling water into each glass and stir well.  Enjoy immediately!

  1. I will be making this come summertime. It gets really
    hot here and this is perfect.

    • Same here! It’s so hot right now and this will be the perfect thing to take off the heat. Thanks Contessa!

  2. thefreethinker

    As soon as it gets warm AND sunny here in New Jersey, this will be the first drink that I make. I hope I won’t ruin it if I add a pinch of vodka!

  3. Wonderful alone — or AMAZING with a splash of vodka?


    Great recipe — I’m excited to try it out on my kids. Without the vodka, that is…

  4. G. T. E.

    I feel like I want one of those now…the weather here in London is magical!

  5. Sounds glorious - thanks for sharing and congrats on FP :-)

  6. MMMMMMMMM,mmmmmmmm, Sounds like a new poolside drink to me!!! I LOVE lime and mint….thanks!!! Congrats on Freshly Pressed….good choice!

  7. I don’t really like lemonade too much, but maybe mint would taste better. For some reason it leaves an after taste.

  8. Andie

    looks yummy.. please add me to your e-list for upcoming posts!

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  9. It’s 40 degrees in my city and ‘m sure your recipe will be an interesting try. Well it already looks interesting !

  10. Isn’t that a mojito minus the rum?

    • That’s what I was thinking, but simply chopping and mixing the mint with the agave probably results in less mint flavor than muddling the mint and syrup, so calling this a mojito minus the rum probably gives people the wrong idea about a good mojito…

  11. LOVE IT! We have had a heatwave weekend in London- and this is exactly what I’ve been missing… I’m saving this recipe for my weekend bbq!

  12. I love that mint. It looks so chilly on top of those ice chips. I’m drinking coffee right now…but hell, I’d ditch my cup of jo for a mint limeade any day of the week! Great photos!

  13. I LOVE limes! Lime/mint sounds like a great combo. I’m definitely going to try this. Enjoyed your pics as well!

  14. mmmmm perfect for the spring, im taking this recipe

  15. Congrats on being freshly pressed
    I love your pictures..and that drinks so refreshing

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  19. golfharp

    Great post! I recommend making a mint simple syrup and then garnishing with hole mint sprigs. That way you won’t be picking mint leaves out of your teeth afterwards!

    • Very good point, thanks for the recommendation!

  20. I made a watermelon limeade from a recipe once, and it was fantastic. I’m sure this is, too!

  21. I love mint and I love limeade. Will definitely be giving this a try! Thanks!

  22. Great, I noticed today that mint is taking over my garden so I will certainly be trying this. Looks refreshing & photos are great.

  23. Yum, this sounds and looks delicious. And it is very healthy, too.

  24. yum! this sounds great. the other big plus about limes . . . no seeds. Gotta love it!

  25. I am not overly fond of mint, but this sounds as though this would be wonderful with or without the mint.

  26. kathyrandall

    I think that is a lime rickey, popular in Key West. It looks absolutely delicious.

  27. I’m already drinking agave limeade almost every day; I can’t wait to try it with mint. Has anyone tried lavender in limeade or tea?

  28. Kim

    Oh my gosh, WANT.ONE.NOW. Great photos too, and congrats on FP. {{jealous}}

  29. yummy, I love lime drinks, this looks delicious and we just had our first real spring day in New York. Your photos are great too!

  30. great photos and looks sooooo refreshing. Maybe with all that mint I’ll use a grill lamb chop as garnish!

  31. Every time I read Freshly Pressed, the cooking posts are always my first stop. :) The pictures just look SO amazing!

    Unlike some other recipes I’ve read, this looks fairly simple. YAY! I will definitely try this out. Thanks for sharing, and congrats on being freshly pressed. 😉

  32. YUM!!!

    I’ve recently become a big lime fan and am currently addicted to a ginger tea/lime juice/sugar combo. Soooooo refreshing, really quenches my thirst and is a little spicy too.

  33. Oh my gosh, such a great idea!! I’ve tried this before, but now I have the recipe. I’m definitely going to try this out this week! Thanks for sharing :)

  34. Janet

    The world becomes a better place when mint reappears in the supermarkets. I’m making this tomorrow!

  35. That’s what I was thinking, but simply chopping and mixing the mint with the agave probably results in less mint flavor than muddling the mint and syrup, so calling this a mojito minus the rum probably gives people the wrong idea about a good mojito…

  36. Wow, this looks/sounds delicious, you have made me drool! Limes are really big here right now, I’m going to have to get myself a batch and make this! Thank you very much for insiring me!!

  37. This looks inviting. I’m not a fan of sparkling water but I guess that it would do justice to this particular drink. Have you tried Chapman? Another easy-to-make cocktail you’ll enjoy (Just search WordPress). Congrats on getting pressed by the way.

  38. Add a bit (more than a bit) of soda.

    It would taste even better.

  39. I just returned from Dubai where I had mint lemonade which I really like so was kind of happy to see your post on freshly pressed today. I will definetely try this asap and thanks to your recipe I do know now how to sweeten it as I was worried about sugar not solving properly and hadn’t thought of agave nectar which I have at home. Also really like your pictures :)

  40. jule1

    I tend to crave limeade when it’s very, very hot. Lemonade will do when it’s merely hot, but when it’s unbearable, I want limeade. Never made it fresh, and surely the inclusion of mint on a super hot day would make it even more refreshing! Thanks for the recipe.

  41. Now I’m thirsty for some limeade! Great photos, and I like that you show the lime slices after being squeezed. Limeade is delicious — a refreshing drink that tastes wonderful in summertime. I’ve experimented with making limeade and lemonade — and sometimes mixing the two for a different citrusy taste. I’ve never added mint to limeade, and that sounds tasty. As others have mentioned, this is a mojito minus the rum, which is a tasty drink, too.

  42. Looks amazing - if the sun ever comes to Leeds, it is first def on the top of my to-do list!

  43. Jill Barth

    Lovely photographs. Can taste that mint.

  44. custompaperpoint

    amazing pictures and this sound looks fresh and delicious.


  45. forest

    I like lemonade and surely I’m going to try this.

  46. I LOVE homemade limeade! The first time I had it was in Guatemala! I cant wait to enjoy it this summer! Yum!

    • That’s a smart answer to a tirkcy question

  47. I have been looking for a good mint lemonade recipe, thank you.

  48. Brandon

    Soooo goood

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  53. amazing i love homemade drinks espically in summer, sitting outside sitting in my hot tub. Wonderful article i had a subscribe 😀

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