I have a HUGE bag of limes in the pantry. Sometimes I take a risk and buy limes or lemons in bulk at Costco, just because the price is so great. But then, I have to figure out how to use them! Fortunately, this simple, refreshing sparkling limeade recipe came to mind. I’ve made it lots of times, especially for parties, and it’s super easy but still impressive enough to feel special.
This limeade requires making a simple syrup, which is the secret ingredient for all kinds of fresh, fruity drinks. Simple syrup is just equal parts sugar and water, heated on the stove so the sugar dissolves completely. For this limeade, I decided to use Lite&Sweet sweetener instead of sugar. Lite&Sweet is a blend of xylitol and erythritol, two plant-based sweeteners, and it measures and cooks just like sugar. If you prefer, you can make this limeade using sugar or a different low-calorie sweetener.
The directions for the recipe are the same whether you decide to use sugar or Lite&Sweet. After making the simple syrup, set it aside to cool. While the syrup is cooling, you can juice your limes. I decided to use the juicer attachment of my Müeller Spiralizer. The bottom of the spiralizer is a measuring container, so it was easy for me to see when I had the right amount of juice.
After juicing the limes, blend the juice with the simple syrup, pour that into a pitcher, and add seltzer or sparkling water. I added only part of the simple syrup at first, because I wanted to be able to adjust the sweetness. Once all the ingredients are combined, just stir, pour and enjoy! Garnish your sparkling limeade with a few lime wedges.
- 1 1/2 cups sugar or Lite&Sweet sweetener, or equivalent amount of other low-calorie sweetener
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 2 liters seltzer or sparkling water
- Put the water and sugar or sweetener in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring, until sugar or sweetener has completely dissolved to make a simple syrup. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Meanwhile, juice 6-10 limes to yield 3/4 cup lime juice.
- Combine 1 cup of the simple syrup with the lime juice in a 2-quart or larger pitcher. Add the seltzer or sparkling water and stir.
- Taste for sweetness, and add more simple syrup if needed.
- Serve garnished with lime wedges.
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