Makes 6 8-Ounce Servings
Even the commonly bottled unsweetened lime juice is excellent paired with bottled sugar syrup for a quick limeade. As an alternative to sugar, try honey, which, combined with lime juice, is an excellent aid for the respiratory system.


  • 5 to 7 medium limes, plus slices for garnish
  • 1/2 cup sugar or honey, plus more if needed


  1. Roll the limes back and forth over the counter with the palm of your hand. Cut limes in half, and juice them by hand or with a juicer; reserve rinds. (You should have about 1/2 cup juice.) Transfer juice and rinds to a large pitcher.
  2. Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add sugar or honey, and stir until dissolved. Pour syrup into the pitcher, and add 4 cups water. Stir until well blended. Add more sugar or honey, if desired. Refrigerate 1 hour. Discard rinds. Serve limeade garnished with lime slices.
cook's note
Variation: For super flavor and enriched medicinal value, add slices of fresh ginger to the pitcher along with the rinds.
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Photo by Quentin Bacon