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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. 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. ;)

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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

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