Fresh mint limeade is so delightful. You can whip up a batch in no time using limeade concentrate, or make the real deal with fresh lime juice.
Check out the recipe and instructions below for a crowd-pleasing summer drink.
Easy summertime drink
The mint on my little terrace garden has been my favorite this year (don't tell the Basil, I hate to pick favorites and he's put on a good show).
One of my favorite summer drinks (there I go again picking favorites) is a sparkly glass of limeade, with plenty of mint muddled right in. I've had all the glorious mint I can handle, and it's been awesome!
I honestly love a good fresh-squeezed lime, but I'm not a fool. Those frozen containers of limeade concentrate in the freezer at the grocery store call my name. They do call my name, if you stand close enough you can hear it.
Make sparkling limeade
Swap sparkling water for ice water to make your mint limeade really ... well, sparkle!
I'll happily use the drink mix and not feel guilty, and swap water for sparkling water, muddling the mint right in. SO EASY. If you add some rum you can call it a MOJITO and have a real party.
I've given two recipes below. One uses fresh limes (because they rock), and my quick recipe using limeade concentrate.
If you're grabbing those fresh limes, I like to use an electric juicer. They are so affordable and get the job done with much less effort than a reamer.
My shortcut tip for making mint limeade is to use frozen limeade concentrate. Get it right in the freezer section of the grocery store. There's no waiting for the sugar to dissolve and the taste is delightfully fresh.
More easy summer drinks recipes
- ⅓ cup mint leaves
- 2 cups ice
- 1 can (12 oz) frozen limeade concentrate
- Lime wedges & mint for serving
- 3 cups ice plus more for serving
- ⅓ cup mint leaves
- 1 cup fresh lime juice
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 4 cups water
- Lime wedges & mint for serving
- To make mint limeade with concentrate add mint leaves and ice to a large pitcher. Mash a little with a wooden spoon to muddle the mint. Add limeade concentrate and water according to package directions. Stir and serve garnished with lime and mint.
- To make mint limeade with fresh lime juice, crush mint leaves with ice in a pitcher, using a wooden spoon to muddle the mint. Pour in lime juice, sugar and water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour through a strainer into ice-filled glasses. Serve garnished with lime and mint.
- Swap sparkling water for still water for a sparkling drink.
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Melinda Gutierrez says
Do you still have two recipes for the mint limeade? There is only one posted-the one with the lime concentrate. I wanted to see your recipe for using fresh limes too so I can compare them. Thank you
Yes! I've amended the recipe to include now!
Mary Bench says
Mint and lime is a great combination. You've hit the perfect ratio with this one!
Ruby Neff says
Ooh I think I'll have to make this to help bring some sunshine to my family during our quarantine 🙂
Moriah Garnett says
I love the shortcut tip. This makes me feel like summer is almost here.
This recipe is so easy with your shortcut tip. I'm thinking of ways I can use this as a mixer for summer backyard get-togethers!
This limeade with mint is such a crowd pleaser. So refreshing! It's perfect with our summer barbecuing. I also love the shortcut tip too if my boys aren't available to help juice the limes!
This recipe is a spot-on one for the Texas heat I'm facing in the coming months. It's so refreshing!
For sure! Texas can be brutal!
Bernice Hill says
YUM! I have absolutely been craving limeade. I think our lime consumption has been up considerably during this pandemic! This recipe is a must try.
Ours too! It's a nice change from lemonade!
Analida Braeger says
I have a patch of mint near my house that is growing out of control so I am always looking for new recipes to use mint. Thanks for sharing!
LINDSEY PINE says
This drink is so summery! I love it! I 'm definitely going to make the option with sparkling water for an extra refreshing drink!
GUNJAN C Dudani says
My daughter is a lemonade crazy and so this would be her favorite. I am making this tonight for a treat for her with dinner.
Mama Maggie's Kitchen says
This Mint Limeade looks SO deliciously good. I wish I could eat that right now! My husband will love this too!
Oh this looks too good! So cool and refreshing. It sounds perfect on a hot summer day.
It’s nearly 90 degrees here today and I could totally go for one of these right now!!! Thank you for sharing!
The perfect drink you want to be sipping on while hanging out by the pool! So light and refreshing. Loved it!
This is so refreshing and tasty! I love this drink even my kids love it too! I will definitely be making this again!
Perfect for those hot days, so refreshing!
Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert says
This mint limeade couldn't look any more perfect!
Love this refreshing drink!
My husband really loved this! Such a refreshing drink!
Sara Welch says
Such a great way to cool down on a hot summer day! Looking forward to enjoying this all season long!
Stephanie L. says
Wow! This beverage was delicious and incredibly refreshing. It's a keeper for sure (going to be a staple in my house this summer). I did have to make some adjustments, as I have a more reserved sweet tooth. I reduced the sugar to 1 cup and then still had to increase the water by 1 cup (so 1 cup of sugar and 5 cups of water). I probably could have added more water and increased the lime a little, but I was serving it to others and it seemed pretty balanced with those adjustments.
Tara Teaspoon says
Thanks for sharing your notes Stephanie. Glad it was a hit!