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Easy Homemade Limeade is made with your sweetener of choice: honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, or for Keto, low carb sweetener. Enjoy this incredibly festive, tempting and refreshing treat during hot weather and for special gatherings.
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Ingredients in no-sugar Limeade recipe
This recipe uses just 2 to 3 ingredients, in addition to water:
- honey, or preferred refined sugar-free sweetener; other options include maple syrup, agave nectar, or a liquid low carb sweetener, like allulose, for Keto and low carb
- fresh lime juice — You’ll need about 6 limes to get the 2/3 cup juice used in the recipe.
- optional sea salt — This additional ingredient makes Homemade Limeade more thirst quenching and satisfying. You won’t taste the salt. You may also use Potassium Lite Salt, or Homemade Electrolyte Powder (salt, potassium and magnesium, for an electrolyte twist on this drink), for a broader supply of electrolytes.
How to make Homemade Limeade
- In small saucepan, create Honey (or preferred sweetener) Simple Syrup: Combine 1 cup water, sweetener and sea salt over medium or low heat (use very low heat if you want to preserve the rawness of your honey). Stir until sweetener and salt are fully dissolved. Remove from heat. (Water does not need to come to a simmer.)
- Note: If using maple syrup, agave or allulose, you don’t really need the heat, just stir or whisk ingredients together in mason jar or serving pitcher, until sweetener and salt are fully dissolved in the water.
- In a large pitcher or mason jar with lid, combine Simple Syrup, remaining water and fresh lime juice. (Taste to see if you like more water, sweetener or lemon juice, and adjust if needed.)
- Pour over ice to serve. Garnish with slices of lime, and/or fresh mint.
What’s the best way to get fresh lime juice
I use my lime squeezer all the time.
And when making Limeade, when you need 2/3 cup lime juice, it really helps to have this tool.
Variations on Homemade Limeade
- Add a really fun herbal twist by sweetening with Basil Simple Syrup. Sub some of the Honey Simple Syrup for Basil Simple Syrup, or just add extra Basil Simple Syrup to this completed recipe. It won’t be too sweet because of the ice, and because you don’t need a lot of the Basil Simple Syrup to compliment Homemade Limeade nicely.
- I made this treat for my daughter’s 5th birthday party, and everyone loved it so much.
- Make Homemade Limeade with sparkling water instead of the cold still water called for in the main recipe.
- Serve Limeade with frozen berries or frozen watermelon/honeydew in place of ice cubes, or in addition to ice cubes.
- Add fresh sliced strawberries.
- Use half Limeade, half juice (for example, organic blueberry juice), when serving.
- Make sparkling version above. Pour over ice cream to make floats.
How to make Paleo Limeade ahead of time
It’s always nice to make special food in advance. With drink recipes, it allows them to chill, which means less ice is needed. But it’s also helpful if you’re prepping for a party to get certain recipes done early.
To make Homemade Limeade ahead of time, just mix up the recipe, and leave out the ice. Break out the ice, and give the recipe a stir (or shake for mason jar storage) when you’re ready to serve.
How to store Healthy Limeade
This recipe keeps, without the ice, for 5 days, sealed and refrigerated.
Homemade Limeade (refined sugar free, Paleo, AIP, Keto)
- small saucepan , optional
- pitcher or large mason jar
- 4-¼ cups water filtered, divided
- ¾ cup honey , maple syrup, agave nectar, or for Keto, liquid allulose or similar
- ⅔ cup lime juice fresh, from 6 limes
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt, or Potassium Lite Salt, or Electrolyte Drink Mix (salt, potassium and magnesium, for an electrolyte twist on this drink)
- ice for serving
- In small saucepan, create Honey (or preferred sweetener) Simple Syrup: Combine 1 cup water, sweetener and sea salt over medium heat. Stir until sweetener and salt are fully dissolved. Remove from heat. (Water should not come to a simmer.)
- In a large pitcher or mason jar with lid, combine Simple Syrup, remaining water and fresh lime juice. (Taste to see if you like more water, sweetener or lime juice, and adjust if needed.)
- Pour over ice to serve. Garnish with slices of lime, and/or fresh mint. Optional, garnish with a drizzle of Basil Simple Syrup.
The following nutritional data is for the Keto version of the recipe.
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