This sweet, bubbly Strawberry Limeade is perfect for sipping on during hot summer afternoons, or enjoying with family and friends and a fun evening barbecue. We start with a simple Strawberry Sauce (make it with vanilla), add juice from fresh limes, lots of ice, and Sprite.
- Strawberry Sauce – This simple fresh strawberry sauce can be used in so many ways! Over pancakes or waffles, on ice cream or cheesecake, over angel food cake with whipped cream, you really can’t go wrong. Here we use it to add that fresh strawberry flavor to our limeade.
- Limes – Look for smaller limes with thinner skin. These will usually have the best tasting juice for beverages, but any limes will do. Fresh lime juice is a must here. Leave the bottled stuff on the shelf!
- Sprite – You can use regular or diet Sprite here.
How To Make Fresh Strawberry Limeade
- Make your strawberry sauce. Wash strawberries and remove stems. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can roughly chop the berries. Combine berries, sugar, and vanilla extract in medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook for five minutes, stirring/breaking strawberries up with a wooden spoon constantly.
After five minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly (if you have a glass blender jar) and a lot (if you have a plastic blender jar). When cool enough, transfer mixture to blender and pulse until desired consistency is reached. You can also use an immersion blender, which makes things super easy! For more details and pictures of this process, see the original Strawberry Sauce post. Allow sauce to cool in the refrigerator.
- When ready to serve, fill a cup with ice. Squeeze the juice of one lime over the ice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make this ahead of time? Can I make it for a crowd? Absolutely! Prepare your strawberry sauce up to a few days ahead of time and store in the fridge. You could juice fresh limes up to a day ahead of time and refrigerate as well. Plan on 2 tablespoons of juice per glass, as well as any slices you may desire for garnish. Make sure your Sprite is chilled. When ready to serve, fill glasses with ice, and follow the instructions as written.
Have leftover strawberry sauce? Here are some other ways to use it up!
Light & Crispy Waffles
100% Whole Wheat Pancakes
Strawberry Cheesecake Squares
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A refreshing, carbonated strawberry limeade, utilizing homemade strawberry sauce, fresh limes, and Sprite.
1/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
1 pint strawberries
FOR EACH GLASS OF LIMEADE
1 tall glass
Lots of ice
Sprite (or Diet Sprite…or Ginger Ale if you’re feeling wild)
1 1/2 limes (about 2 tablespoons juice and a slice or two of lime for garnish)
3–4 tablespoons Strawberry Sauce
- Make your strawberry sauce:
Wash strawberries and remove stems. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can roughly chop the berries.Combine berries, sugar, and extract in medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook for five minutes, stirring/breaking strawberries up with a wooden spoon constantly.After five minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly (if you have a glass blender jar) and a lot (if you have a plastic blender jar). When cool enough, transfer mixture to blender and pulse until desired consistency is reached. You can also use an immersion blender, which makes things super easy! Cool and refrigerate.
- Make your drink:
Fill a glass with ice. Squeeze the juice of one lime into the glass over the ice.Fill the glass about halfway with Sprite. Add 3-4 tablespoons of strawberry sauce. Top the glass off with Sprite and add more strawberry sauce if desired.Garnish with lime wedges (which you can also squeeze into the glass before drinking. Definitely best when served with a straw.