By Marcus Samuelsson | June 30, 2011

Forget lemonade! This summer, limeade is what it’s all about. This refreshing summer drink takes only a little work and serves enough for a small party or picnic. If you want to spike it, try adding vodka or gin for a sparkling gimlet.

As for the salt in the recipe, trust me, it’s tasty! Try adding a little to one serving and see if you like it.

Refreshing Summer Limeade Recipe

Servings: 4-6


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, from about 8 limes
  • 3 cups seltzer or water
  • Pinch of salt
Optional Garnish
  • mint leaves
  • basil leaves
  • raspberries


Make the simple syrup: Combine the sugar with 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar and remove from the heat. Let cool.

Combine the simple syrup, lime juice, and seltzer or water in a large pitcher filled with ice and stir to incorporate. Pour over glasses filled with ice and your garnish of choice.

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