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Quick and easy limonada, lemonade or limeade {in the blender}

This is the easiest, quickest and most effective way to make limonada, limeade, or lemonade. You prepare it in the blender and with only 2 limes or lemons you will have ~2 liters or 8 glasses of refreshing lemonade.

Limonada, limeade or lemonade recipe

En español

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.

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.

Limonada, lemonade or limeade

Quick and easy recipe for making fresh homemade limonada, lemonade or limeade using the blender
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Ecuadorian, Latin
Keyword: Blender lemonade, Easy blender limeade, Lemonade, Limeade, Limonada
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 glasses


  • 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


  • Place the quartered limes or lemons in the blender with 4 cups of water and sugar.
  • Blend until the limes or lemon is completely pulverized, the mixture should be slightly foamy with a whitish color.
  • Strain the lemonade and add the remaining 4 cups of water.
  • 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.

I’ve also turned this limonada 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.

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

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  1. Brilliant! use the whole thing!

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

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