Make a batch of homemade strawberry limeade today. Refreshing, sweet, and tart, it's made from scratch with fresh strawberries and limes!
This strawberry limeade is made with fresh strawberries, fresh limes, and a bit of sugar - that's it! Only three ingredients stand between you and a pitcher of refreshing, fruity limeade.
This recipe makes 72 ounces of strawberry limeade - enough for about nine 8-ounce servings. Enjoy on a hot summer day around the pool or serve at your next birthday party or barbecue!
Ingredients and substitutions
- Fresh strawberries - Can be substituted with frozen, thawed strawberries. Keep in mind that if your strawberries are not in season, they may be slightly less sweet and flavorful. In season strawberries are always best for this recipe.
- Limes - I recommend using fresh limes instead of bottled lime juice. The flavor is bright, fresh, and all-around superior. About 8 limes will make 1 cup of fresh lime juice.
- Granulated sugar - Can be substituted with your favorite sugar substitute. Check your sugar substitute's package for the correct ratios (some are more concentrated than regular sugar).
Limeade vs. lemonade
Limeade and lemonade are very similar! Both beverages are made with fruit juice, sugar (or other sweetener), and water.
Limeade is made with lime juice, and lemonade is made with lemon juice. Otherwise, the drinks are identical. If you'd prefer to make lemonade with this recipe, then simply substitute the lime juice with lemon juice.
How to hull strawberries
To hull strawberries, you'll need a small paring knife. Insert the knife into the top of your strawberry. Turn the strawberry, slicing a cone shape around the leaves and into the pale flesh underneath. Pop the top off your strawberry and discard.
The intent is to remove the green leafy top, as well as the pale center of your strawberry, leaving only the bright red exterior.
Here is a great article describing the steps of hulling strawberries: The Easiest Way to Hull Strawberries
For this recipe, you'll be blending your strawberries (and a bit of water) in a blender. A food processor can also work if you don't have a blender on hand. The goal is to blend your strawberries into a thin, smooth consistency.
Optionally, pour your strawberry puree through a fine mesh sieve to remove most of the seeds and any remaining lumps. Repeat as many times as desired for a smoother consistency.
Adjusting the sweetness
¾ cup of sugar and water make a lightly sweet and tart punch.
1 cup of sugar and water make a moderately sweet punch.
1 and ½ cups of sugar and water make a very sweet punch.
Depending on whether or not your fruit is in season, you may need to add additional sweetness to your lemonade.
How long does limeade last?
Homemade limeade keeps for 2-3 days, but should be served the same day for best flavor.
Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 6 cups water, divided
- 1 quart fresh strawberries, hulled
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, juice from about 8 limes
- In a saucepan over medium heat, add 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of water. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved - this should take about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- In a blender, add your hulled strawberries and 1 cup of water. Cover and blend until smooth. Optionally, pour strawberry mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove any seeds and lumps.
- Add strawberry mixture to a pitcher along with simple syrup, lime juice, and remaining 4 cups of water. Stir until incorporated.
- Refrigerate until cold. Serve over ice and enjoy.
- Sweetness may need to be adjusted if using out of season, less sweet fruit.
- ¾ cup of sugar and water = lightly sweet, tart punch
- 1 ½ cups of sugar and water = very sweet punch.
- Fresh strawberries can be substituted with frozen, thawed strawberries.
- Limeade will keep for 3 days in the refrigerator.