This homemade limeade recipe is easy, refreshing, and keto/low-carb friendly! It takes less than 10 minutes to make and you can easily change up the flavors to create your own epic, lime-y beverage.
It's summertime in Arizona. SEND COLD DRINKS. This sugar-free limeade recipe is one we've been enjoying since early summer (aka spring for everyone else), when the temps started creeping into the low 90's. It's one of those recipes that can be the base of a variety of different summery drinks, whether you're crafting your own sugar-free, mojito-inspired mocktail or you'd like a simple and refreshing limeade to beat the heat.
This recipe makes a clean keto limeade with a bold lime flavor that is irresistible. I love lime anything (if you do too, check out this keto Key lime pie!), with its sweet, tangy and refreshing taste.
This sugar-free limeade recipe includes a couple of different sweetener options. I'm sharing all the variations I've tried, my favorite being a zingy jalapeño limeade which I created soon after I discovered this yummy combo on our last vacation. It was tart and sweet with the perfect amount of heat from the jalapeño. And so this sugar-free, keto-friendly version came to be!
Here is what you will need to make sugar-free limeade:
- cold, filtered water
- fresh lime juice
- sweetener of choice (I prefer liquid monk fruit or granulated allulose)
- optional add-ins: jalapeño slices or fresh mint or sliced strawberries, etc.
How to make limeade from scratch:
- If using a non-liquid sweetener, make a simple syrup. You can do this two different ways, over the stovetop or in the microwave. Over the stovetop, heat 1 cup of water and stir in the granulated allulose until it dissolves. Or, simply heat 1 cup of water in the microwave until it is hot, whisk in the sweetener, and heat again for 30-second intervals until it's hot enough for the sugar alternative to dissolve.
- Combine the ingredients. Pour the lime juice, cold water, and the liquid sweetener into a pitcher. Stir and taste, adjusting the flavor to fit your liking (add more liquid sweetener if it's too tart, add more lime juice if it's too sweet, etc.)
- Chill and serve! If you're adding jalapeño or fresh berries, stir them in at this time. Chill the limeade in the refrigerator or serve immediately over ice. Garnish with lime slices and fresh mint (optional).
for jalapeño limeade
About that jalapeño limeade recipe I mentioned above...
It's delicious. Like spicy summertime in a glass. And you only need one other ingredient: jalapeños. I usually use only one sliced jalapeño in the limeade, which adds just enough spice to where it's not overpowering the lime flavor. However, if you'd like it more spicy, go ahead and add 1-½ to 2 sliced jalapeños, just don't forget to remove the seeds because there's nothing worse than a seedy drink with a sudden and surprising kick!
tips and FAQs
- For a more mild lime taste, substitute ¼ cup of the lime juice for fresh lemon juice (this tip also comes in handy if you don't have enough limes on hand!).
- Fresh mint or basil leaves are great to add to this homemade limeade recipe! Make sure you add them right before serving otherwise the leaves will spoil after being submerged in water for a while.
- My sweetener of choice for this recipe is liquid monk fruit because it's easy to adjust the sweetness level and you can skip the entire step of making the simple syrup. Granulated allulose or this baking monk fruit sweetener (affiliate) are your next best options because they dissolve better than plain erythritol and have a cleaner taste.
- This keto limeade recipe is easy to turn into a cocktail! Add a shot of tequila for fun or pour in a little prosecco or champagne for a yummy, bubbly bev.
Cheers to a delicious, sugar-free limeade that is low-carb, keto-friendly, and tastes like SUMMER. Enjoy!
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- 3-½ cups cold filtered water (divided if making a simple syrup)
- 3 teaspoons liquid monk fruit (or 1 cup granulated allulose)
- ½ cup fresh lime juice (about 4-5 large limes)
- ice for serving
- optional add-ins/garnishes: 1-2 sliced and de-seeded jalapeños, fresh mint leaves, fresh basil leaves, sliced strawberries
- If using a non-liquid sweetener, make a simple syrup. In a small saucepan over the stovetop, combine 1 cup of the water (set aside the remaining 2-½ cups) with 1 cup of allulose (see recipe notes for using granulated monk fruit sweetener). Heat and stir until the sweetener dissolves, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool.
- Pour the remaining 2-½ cups of water into a pitcher. Add the fresh lime juice and the liquid sweetener (either the simple syrup you made or liquid monk fruit). Stir to combine.
- Stir in the optional add-ins (sliced jalapeños or strawberries) if using.
- Chill the limeade in the refrigerator or serve immediately over ice with garnishes of choice (optional).
I prefer liquid monk fruit because of its clean taste and the fact that you can easily adjust sweetness without having to make a simple syrup. If using a granulated sweetener, allulose is your next best option because it dissolves easier than an erythritol-based sweetener.
For a more mild lime taste, substitute ¼ cup of the lime juice for fresh lemon juice (this tip also comes in handy if you don't have enough limes on hand!).
Add fresh basil or mint leaves right before serving otherwise the leaves will spoil after being submerged in water for a while.