Grown-up limeade

A grown-up summer drink with a pleasantly bitter bite

  • Prep:10 mins
  • Serves 5
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 166
  • fat 0g
  • saturates 0g
  • carbs 44g
  • sugars 44g
  • fibre 0g
  • protein 1g
  • salt 0.11g


  • 12 limes, 10 roughly chopped, 2 sliced
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1l bottle soda water
  • vodka or rum, optional


  1. Lay the lime slices on a tray and freeze for at least an hour. Put the remaining chopped limes (including the skin) in the bowl of a food processor or blender with the sugar and 100ml water. Whizz until really juicy and completely broken down.

  2. Pour the mix through a sieve, so that all the pulpy bits remain and you have lots of juice. Have a taste – if it’s too sour, add a bit more sugar. This can be made 2 days ahead and chilled. Pour into a big jug with lots of ice and the lime slices, and top up with soda water. Serve with a shot of vodka or rum, if you like.

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