Quick and easy limonada, lemonade or limeade

Limonada, limeade or lemonade recipe

This is the easiest, quickest and most effective way to make limonada, limeade, or lemonade. In Spanish we call it limonada regardless of whether we are using limes or lemons, and it can be made with either. I used to make limonada the hard way: squeezing the juice out each lime or lemon. Then one day back in high school (a long time ago) I was hanging out at my friend Marisha’s house. It was a warm day and lemonade sounded perfect. At first I was shocked when I saw her put a whole lime, several cups of water and sugar in the blender. I was sure that it was going to a disaster, the strong taste of of the skin and the bitterness of pith were going to ruin it. She blended and strained the limonada, as soon as I tasted it (expecting I would have to politely pretend I liked it), I was amazed at how good and refreshing it was. The lime or lemon skins actually enhanced it, there was a slight bitter taste, but it was very subtle and actually made the limeade or lemonade better.

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Limonada, lemonade or limeade
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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: For 6-8 people

Limonada, lemonade or limeade

Quick and easy recipe for making fresh homemade limonada, lemonade or limeade using the blender


  • 2 limes or lemons, quartered and any seeds removed
  • 8 cups of cold water
  • Approximately ½ cup of sugar, more or less based on your preference
  • Ice cubes as desired and lemon/lime slices to garnish


  1. Place the quartered limes or lemons in the blender with 4 cups of water and sugar.
  2. Blend until the limes or lemon is completely pulverized, the mixture should be slightly foamy with a whitish color.
  3. Strain the lemonade and add the remaining 4 cups of water.
  4. Serve with or without ice based on individual preference.


Yes, you blend the whole limes/lemons, skin and all. It does get bitter quickly, so drink it the same day you make it.

Like it? Try these other fruity variations:
Strawberry lemonade
Cherry limeade


You can make this limeade or lemonade by just throwing the whole limes or lemons in the blender, but it does make it a little bit easier to quarter them. Also, on the sugar side, I don’t like my lemonade too sweet so I usually add a little bit less, but if I’m making this for guests I’ll add more since most people seem to like their lemonade or limeade sweet. My rule of thumb is 4 cups of water per each lime or lemon, but you can also adjust that based on how concentrated you like it and the size of the lemons/limes.

I’ve also turned this into “adult” lemonade by adding vodka, it’s great for parties where you can quickly make a pitcher of spiked lemonade – and it’s very quick to make refills (which are usually needed as it goes very fast).  Finally, while this limeade or lemonade is very refreshing, it does tend to get bitter if left out for too long, so it should be consumed on the same day it is made, on a warm day that shouldn’t be much of a problem.

Step by step preparation photo for blender limonada, lemonade or limeade:

Limes for limeade To reduce the bitternes you can remove the pith from the limes

How to make lemonade or limeade in the blender Homemade lemonade

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This post was last modified: July 14th, 2016 by Layla Pujol


  1. I have a box of limes. can the limes (only) be pulverized and frozen? mix with water and sugar for later use?

    I wouldn’t recommend that, as they would be probably be very bitter by the time you use them.

  2. Pamela Kelly says:

    This sounds refreshing:-). I will try it; wanted to share the idea of using evaporated cane juice sugar (find in grocery natural foods section) or honey as sweetener for an added nurtritional boost. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  3. I found this in a Google search for “easy limeade recipe.” Like the commenters before me, I thought it was rather interesting to blend the entire lime … but I did, and boy is it good! Thanks for this recipe!

  4. I’m a little late to the party…..so good with a crushed mint leaf in the glass before you pour!

  5. Squirrel girl says:

    Wonderful recipe really tastes good with seltzer water

  6. Just found your site about an hour ago & I made this immediately! (I had everything I needed.) I tossed in some strawberries & adjusted the recipe a bit. Tastes awesome! I’m Latina & love trying to cook new things! Can’t wait to try out many more of your recipes! Thanks a bunch!

  7. Thank you for a wonderful, easy recipe! I’d gotten 2 bags of limes for free at our local fruit & vegetable market & thought limeade would be a perfect solution. I had broken my hand juicer, so this recipe was perfect! I’d never thought about using a blender before. I’m going to try a previous poster’s idea to blend some ice with it. My kids, ages 3 yrs. & 20 mos., loved helping me measure & pour the sugar, as well as drop the quartered limes in. I need to buy a smaller collander, though… my large one gets the limeade all over the kitchen! :) Thanks again!

  8. My wife and I just made this. We she had the idea to blend it with some ice to make a slush and added a pinch of kosher salt to accentuate the sweetness, and it was delicious. Definitely going to make this multiple times a week. Now if I could just find that bottle of vodka we would have a party…

  9. I had a couple dozen limes leftover from making Virgin Mojito’s and was looking online for a homemade limeade recipe when I came upon this one. I was like a lot of the other posters, thinking that this was not going to work out. But, hey what have I got to lose except 2 or 3 limes and a half cup sugar. OMG this is the best limeade I have ever had. It literally takes less than 5 minutes before you are enjoying the best tasting limeade ever. Thanks so much for sharing.

  10. This is delicious! I have never had such an easy and fast lemonade before that tasted so good!

  11. I, as well, was skeptical about putting the whole limes in! I only had 1 lime to work with, so I threw it in the blender with 4 cups of water and 1/2 cup of granulated Splenda. It came out AWESOME!!!

    Gonna try it again when friends come tomorrow night and add some vodka. ;)

  12. I made this with a slightly adjusted recipe since I was clumsy and lost half of it while straining. I don’t really know what I did, but it came out delicious! I love the small amount of bitterness when drank alone, but I especially love how good it is paired with grenadine or iced tea. Really tastes just like lemons, but still sweet and tasty.

  13. We tried this today and thought it was lovely, although next time we’ll try peeling the lemons and adding a little less water.

  14. This was so easy to make and it was so delicious! We make this at least three times a week as it is so refreshing in this hot weather. Thank you for the great recipe.

  15. Hey Laylita!

    Great Limonada! I was craving some this afternoon and it definitely took the edge off of the hot Texas sun. It reminded me of the summer I spent in Mexico. What a refreshing drink!

  16. Heather says:

    This was great, so easy. I added some watermelon in place of some of the water and it was divine! :)

  17. Wow! I tried this lovely limonada. So tasty. =)

  18. Wow, It actually worked!

  19. Hi there, tried this reciepe and I just love love it!! no more squeezing lemons and/or limes. And when I make it in front of people they look at me like all weird using a whole lime/lemon. I put this reciepe on my blog
    Sara Says Awesome

    yes this drink is way awesome! Sara

  20. Must bookmark this!
    We live in Australia and have just planted a young lemon tree. So in a year or two we should (hopefully!) have plenty of lemons for me to try this!

  21. Wow! I love it. My husband wasn’t so sure about it when he saw me doing it…told me if it was bad I was drinking it all. We both thoroughly enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing.

  22. Hi. I literally just made this as per recipe, and it turned out great! It’s incredibly easy both to make and clean up (always a plus) and even more refreshing. I’m eager to try out the Ginger Infused Limeade soon. Thanks!

  23. Great taste!! Yummy!! Thanks. A new family favorite.

  24. Uh, i don’t know if anyone has tried Pisco Sour… It’s a delicious drink based on Pisco and lemon juice. If moderators consider this as spam because it’s already been posted, I take it. Otherwise…here I go

    3 fl oz Pisco (a traditional Peruvian brandy)
    2 fl oz lemon juice
    1 fl oz simple syrup
    Egg white
    ground cinnamon

    Blend the pisco, the lemon juice, the egg white and the syrup until it has foam on the surface. Serve in small glasses and add a little of ground cinnamon.


    I suggest that you use authentic Pisco, I mean. Pisco from a city called Pisco, in Peru. (Now you know where the brandy’s name comes from). If you have a Peruvian friend, he or she knows.

    Viva el Peru!!!!

  25. I shouldn’t have blended four lemons with only 8 cups of water. It was quite bitter. I needed more sugar and lemon juice. I liked it, though…=D

  26. It is the pith (white part) of the skin that causes the bitterness…..so, a thin skinned fruit will be less bitter. The dark part of the skin (the zest and oils) is what gives the intense citrus flavor. Thanks for a GREAT recipe!!!!

  27. Judi Beard-Strubing says:

    This reminds me of a favorite pie along the same line……. delicious and easy!

    Stephanie’s Lemon Pie

    1 lg. lemon cut in pieces, seeds removed, but w/rind & peel intact
    1-1/2 c. sugar
    4 eggs
    1 stick (1/2 c.) margarine
    1 tsp. vanilla
    A 9” unbaked pie shell, pressed into pie pan & fluted

    Preheat oven to 350.

    Put all ingredients (except pie shell) in food processor or blender and whir like crazy.
    Mixture will be foamy. Keep whirring until it’s smooth, with no lumps of margarine.
    Pour lemon filling in unbaked pie shell and bake 40 minutes. Will set up like custard.
    Serve warm. Good chilled, too. Refrigerate any leftovers (yeah, right, like there’ll be any!)

  28. Fabulous idea! Trying it tonight. Husband is trying to get off sodas (and high fructose corn syrup!) so we’ve been making homemade lemonade. Last night, I saw the grocery receipt; he had no idea he’s been paying $5 for THREE organic lemons (his recipe calls for a dozen!)! SO VERY GRATEFUL to find this method!! THANKS FOR SHARING!!!!

  29. Thanks for the recipe, this is the best lemonade I have ever had. Quick and easy to make as well!

  30. Brilliant! use the whole thing!

    Thnx a lot, this is much better tasting then just the juice (and using a lot less lemons)!

  31. I like this idea! This I must try the next time I make lemon or limeade – which will probably be today. Tis the season for light refreshing drinks. Yesterday, I posted my Ginger Infused Limeade drink recipe. I have plenty of lime, lemons and ginger so I’m certain I’ll report back soon with my verdict. Thanks for sharing.

    Hi Ingrid, limeade with ginger sounds so good, my husband is a huge ginger fan and loves the idea of mixing it with limeade, so we’ll be trying your recipe soon!

  32. Steve-O says:

    I tried this, and I may have made a mistake. It was quite bitter. I didn’t like it very much. What did I do wrong?


    Hi Steve – The limeade does have a slight bitterness to it since the lime peels are used, sometimes people just don’t like that taste so it might be a personal preference. It also depends on the limes/lemons, the thicker the peel the more bitterness the drink will have.

  33. Incredible recipe. Love it! I am going to cook it tonight!

  34. this recipe is quite common in other parts of the world. try adding a dash of pepper or cayenne to it.

  35. I made this a long time ago.
    I put the ice in the blender at the beginning.
    It came out more like a smoothie.
    add a little alcohol of your choice, if desired.

  36. I tried this and love it!


  37. I bet you could do this with oranges too. Also, remember to wash the outside of your lemons, limes, oranges thoroughly if you’re adding the skins to your drink. So much wax, people’s hands, god knows what pesticides. Sorry, I’m a freak.

  38. This is such a fresh idea!! i love lemon juice, i just don’t like squeezing the fruit.. i’ll sure try with the blender, thanks

  39. I made it last night with a lemon and a lime and mixed the result with vodka. I didn’t use as much water as you called for, since I was adding the vodka and wanted a good strong citrus flavor. It was amazing, and SO much easier than squeezing a ton of lemon juice. Also, I processed the fruit and sugar on their own first, and then streamed in the liquid. It made the fruit pulverize in mere seconds.

  40. I made this yesterday and today and can’t get enough of it!! Lemon and lime yesterday and orange and lemon today it’s so refreshing and good.

  41. i liked it general but i realized if u dont use 1/4 cup sugar the bitterness comes out.

    I also realized you REALLY have to blend it or else ull choke trying to drink big peices of pulp.

    nonetheless creative and tasty.

    i might skin the lemons next time.

  42. Made this last night with one lemon and one lime and 1/2 cup sugar. It’s perfect! I’m going to need to stock up on them so we can have this everyday this summer. So refreshing! Thank you for sharing.

  43. Jenn S. says:

    What an EXCELLENT idea! I just whipped up a batch for margarita mix, using about 6 limes, and agave nectar to sweeten instead of sugar, and I am currently enjoying a lovely, more subtle cocktail! Thanks!

  44. I just made this using 1 lemon (and it was a little dry and old looking…LOL) and 1 lime and it is every bit as good as you say. THANKS!

  45. This is a wonderful idea. It will be over 100 here today so I will make this for my family. Love your blog.

  46. I love this idea! I’d love a glass of limeade right about now, too. I’m going to try this over the weekend–thanks for sharing!

  47. cribcat says:

    That’s just a Margarita waiting to happen. Looks great.

  48. Holy moly! This is incredible! I have limes in the house now — will try this and report back!

  49. That’s an excellent idea! I never would have considered blending an entire citrus fruit!

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