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How to Make Cilantro Limeade

Updated on May 9, 2015
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I'm a thirty-something writer who lives in downtown Toronto. I've been an online writer for over seven years, focusing on health trends.

4.5 stars from 4 ratings of Cilantro Limeade

I have one the lowest tolerances for warm weather in my family and feel the most at peace during any season where I can layer. There are many people who believe Canada is a barren wasteland of snow and sleet where the rays from the sun do not touch grass and we, brave, Canadians live in igloos. Last week the temperature rose to 23 degrees celsius (71.6 Fahrenheit) in Toronto and I nearly melted. I'm not the kind of person who enjoys walking around in the summer taking in the sights and sounds unless the temperature is controlled and I'm staring out at the beautiful day from behind cooled glass.

My grandmother use to make large pitchers of ice tea, lemonade and limeade to serve us while we sat in her garden. This is one of the only times I enjoyed sitting outside as my skin melted off the bone but it was always something I loved during the summer. Unfortunately my grandmother died before she could pass along her limeade recipe but one of my friends slipped me this recipe for cilantro limeade.


Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Serves 4


  • 1/2 cup Raw Sugar
  • 1 cup Cilantro sprigs, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup Seltzer
  • 1 cup Fresh Lime Juice, from 8 - 12 limes
  • Limes Wedges, for garnish
  1. Make cilantro syrup: bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat, add cilantro springs and let steep for five minutes. Strain, discard sprigs, and let cool.
  2. Stir together seltzer, lime juice, and 10 - 12 tbsp syrup in a large pitcher. Serve over ice and garnish with cilantro and lime.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 glass
Calories 112
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 29 g10%
Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

How to Make Vodka Cherry Limeade


  • 6 parts vodka (3 ounces for two drinks)
  • 6 parts black cherry juice (3 ounces for two drinks)
  • 3 parts lime juice (1½ ounces for two drinks)
  • 2 parts sweetened lime juice such as Rose's (1 ounce for two drinks)
  • Club soda
  • lime wedges and Maraschino cherries to garnish


  1. Combine all drink ingredients except club soda in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake to combine.
  3. Strain into chilled 8-ounce glasses filled with ice and top with club soda.
  4. Garnish


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    • hisandhers profile image


      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Anything with limes and I'm there. They always remind me of your grandma now- I think I may have had lemonade that fateful day she made me eat half a key lime pie!

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      6 years ago from Canada

      @mollymeadows I laughed at your comment about almost dying in Alaska, we are polar opposites when it comes to temperature love. Thankfully, this limeade is fantastic for the hot weather in Atlanta.

      @Laurel Lee I hope you do try it. Thanks for stopping by and reading. Tell me what you think, when you do.

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      Laurel Lee 

      6 years ago

      What an amazing combination of tastes! I'm definitely a summer person, and this sounds like the perfect drink for a hot summer afternoon. Can't wait to try it.

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      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Janikon, this sounds elegant and lovely. I'll have to save this to try later on. I'm a native Atlantan and just the opposite; went to Alaska once and almost died lol!

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      6 years ago from Canada

      @Natashalh Wow, long sleeves at 80?! I would be a miserable puddle, though I have no issue wearing a sweatshirt in a well air-conditioned room, when it's 80 outside. I'd be interested to see how you enjoy it.

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      6 years ago from Hawaii

      I am excited to try this, once it gets warm enough. Sounds like I'm your opposite - I wear long sleeves until it hits at least 80. I can't wait to make it ASAP.

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      6 years ago from Canada

      @Just As Susan I was up in Orillia yesterday, it was pretty snowy and the drive was not as enjoyable as I would have liked. The weather is so crazy these days but those really warm days in Toronto, were somewhat unbearable mid-afternoon. Thanks for the share and the pin!

      @tapasrecipe There are still several Greek restaurants along the Danforth but unfortunately, there are also A LOT of Starbucks, as well. Thanks for stopping by!

      @rmcleve It is amazing and, oh my god, New Mexican summers?! I just googled the temperatures come summer, oppressive is right - I would legit die. I hope this gives you some relief, I send cool thoughts your way.

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      6 years ago

      What?! This recipe looks amazing! I need to make this right now.

      You may have saved me from these oppressive New Mexican summers!

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      6 years ago from Spanish tapas land

      this sounds lovely, like Asia in a glass, I miss the Danforth and all the Greek restaurants, mind you this was ohh maybe 15-17 years ago it is probably full of Starbucks now.

      Carrie ;-) x

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This sounds so refreshing. We had snow up here in Orillia yesterday so I think I'll wait until the weather gets a bit warmer to make this.

      Up, Pinning and sharing.

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      6 years ago from Canada

      @xstatic I hope this recipe gives a brief reprieve from the insane heat summer offers, these days. Be sure to tell me if it was a success. We heat-intolerant people need to stick together, in an air-conditioned room.

      @kelleyward Thanks for the hublove! What an interesting idea; freezing it for ice! I'll be sure to try that too, it never occurred to me. Thanks!

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      Jim Higgins 

      6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      My wife is very intolerant of hot weather as well, and I am to a certain extent. She loves lemons and limes and cilantro so will copy this recipe for sure. It is about 70 here today, may rain, too hot for yard work. Good Hub with summer coming.

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      6 years ago

      Yum this sounds delicious! I'm trying this soon and freezing it for ice. Thanks for sharing. Voted up! Take care, Kelley


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