Recipe By Matt Wencl
Published Jun 19th
Prep 20m Cook 10m Additional - Ready In 30m
Servings 2 quarts Calories 172.7

Once you see all the lemons and limes cooked and fragrant on the grill, you’ll believe the extra steps to this limeade are worth the wait. The grilling jumpstarts the flavor out of the citrus, so that every sip is bracing, refreshing, and uniquely delicious.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 8 lemons, halved
  • 8 limes, halved
  • 4 cups water, divided, or to taste
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • ice cubes

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.
  2. 2 Pour sugar into a saucepan; press halved lemons and limes cut-side down into the sugar.
  3. 3 Set the saucepan with remaining sugar on grill; stir in 2 cups of water and whisk over the heat until dissolved into a syrup. Let cool.
  4. 4 Place lemon and lime halves sugared-side down on grill and cook until browned, about 5 minutes.
  5. 5 Place lemon and lime slices on the grill; cook until browned, 30 to 60 seconds on each side.
  6. 6 Juice halved lemons and limes into a large pitcher. Add syrup and 2 cups water to the juice, 1/2 cup at a time, until the limeade achieves desired sweetness. Pour limeade into glasses filled with ice; garnish each glass with a grilled citrus slice.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 172.7
  • Carbohydrate 51.8 g
  • Fat 0.4 g
  • Fiber 6.1 g
  • Protein 1.6 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.1 g
  • Sodium 7.5 mg
  • Sugar 37.6 g

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Chef's Notes

The citrus juice can be strained with a mesh strainer after juicing, if desired.
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  1. Grilling the sugared lemons and limes first gave this such an amazing flavor. I'll bet it would be great with a little ginger simple syrup, too.