Thai Limeade

Refreshing and radiant – that’s our Thai Limeade! Infused with the essence of lime leaves and lemongrass, it’s a drink that captures the vibrant spirit of Thailand in every sip.

Two glasses of Thai-style limeade.

Quench your thirst and treat your taste buds to the lively and invigorating experience of Thai Style Limeade. This limeade tastes delicious when spiked with gin. It is both refreshing and fulfilling.

Packed with lively citrus flavor, this drink puts a fun twist on traditional limeade by blending sweet and sour. It captures the essence of Thai cuisine of this popular drink often served at Thai restaurants.

Reasons to Love this Thai Limeade

  • I love the unique blend of lime juice, lemongrass, and lime leaves because it makes an exotic, refreshing cool drink.
  • Thai Styled Limeade has a refreshing zest. Its crisp, citrusy zest provides an instant refreshment, perfect for hot days.
  • The perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess makes Thai Style Limeade an irresistible and refreshing drink.

Recipe Ingredients

A pitcher and two glasses with Thai limeade.
  • Lime Leaves: Impart a unique, aromatic flavor that’s key to the Thai style.
  • Lime Juice: Provides the characteristic tangy, citrusy flavor of the drink.
  • Lemongrass Stalk: Adds a fresh, slightly earthy tone to the limeade. Read more about my lemongrass addiction and shopping advice in this post on making lemongrass tea.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Variations

  • Kaffir Lime Leaves: Use kaffir lime leaves instead of regular lime leaves for a more intense citrus aroma.
  • Garnishing Options: Adding lime slices to the rim of the glass or floating them in the drink can enhance the tea’s citrusy aroma and flavor. You can also use herbs like a sprig of fresh mint leaves to add a refreshing aroma and a touch of green to your limeade.

How to Make Thai Limeade

Step #1: Combine the sugar, 1 cup of water, lime leaves, and lemongrass in a saucepan over medium heat. Allow the simple syrup to steep for 10 minutes. Strain the leaves and lemongrass pieces from the liquid. Let it cool for 10 minutes.

Step #2: Combine the cooled syrup with 3 cups of cold water and 1 cup of ice. Stir in the lime juice. Serve over ice with lime wheels, if desired.

Two glasses of Thai limeade with lime wheels.

Expert Tip

Use a French Press for infusing and straining. After simmering the syrup ingredients, pour them into the press. The plunger makes infusion and straining efficient, enhancing the limeade’s flavor and clarity.

If a French Press isn’t available for making Thai limeade, cheesecloth or tea sock is a great alternative for straining. After simmering your ingredients, pour the mixture through a cheesecloth-lined strainer. This fine material effectively filters out lime leaves and lemongrass.

A pitcher and two glasses of Thai limeade on a table.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I add spices to Thai Style Limeade for a different flavor profile?

Absolutely! Adding spices like a cinnamon stick or a few cardamom pods to the syrup while it’s simmering can introduce warm, aromatic flavors. Just remember to strain them out along with the lime leaves and lemongrass.

How do I know when the syrup is ready?

The syrup is ready when the sugar is fully dissolved and the mixture has slightly thickened, usually after simmering for about 10 minutes.

Can I add a salted rim to the glasses when serving the Thai Limeade tea recipe?

Yes. To do this, simply run a lime wedge around the rim of each glass and then dip the rims in a small plate of salt.

Storage Info

Store Thai Limeade in the refrigerator in a sealed container, a glass jar, or a pitcher. It stays fresh for up to 5 days. Freezing is an option; pour it into ice cube trays for easy, portioned use later. If it separates after thawing, simply stir or shake well to recombine the flavors.

Did you try this recipe? Leave a ⭐️ rating below and share it on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest!

A pitcher and two glasses of Thai limeade on a table.

Thai Limeade Recipe

Refreshing and radiant – that's our Thai Style Limeade! Infused with the essence of lime leaf and lemongrass, it's a drink that captures the vibrant spirit of Thailand in every sip.
4.3 from 28 votes
Pin Rate
Course: Beverages
Cuisine: Thai
Diet: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 187kcal
Author: Linda
Print Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar - white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup lime leaves - about 20 leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped lemongrass stalk
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice - for me, this was about 7 limes
  • 3 cups cold water + 1 cup ice
  • Lime wheels for garnish - optional
Save this recipe!
Get this sent to your inbox, plus get new and favorite recipes from us!
Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.

Instructions

  • Combine the sugar, 1 cup of water, lime leaves, and lemongrass in a saucepan over medium heat. Allow the simple syrup to steep for 10 minutes. Strain the leaves and lemongrass pieces from the liquid. Let it cool for 10 minutes.
  • Combine the cooled syrup with 3 cups of cold water and 1 cup of ice. Stir in the lime juice. Serve over ice with lime wheels, if desired.

NOTES

Store Thai Limeade in the refrigerator in a sealed container, a glass jar, or a pitcher. It stays fresh for up to 5 days. Freezing is an option; pour it into ice cube trays for easy, portioned use later. If it separates after thawing, simply stir or shake well to recombine the flavors.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Want more inspiration?

More Recipes You'll Love

About the Author

Linda

Hi, I'm Linda! Welcome to The Wanderlust Kitchen, where I share recipes and travel adventures from all around the world. Here you'll find a world of recipes you can have confidence in. These recipes celebrate authentic food heritage as well as modern techniques and ingredients. Be adventurous and try a new recipe and travel somewhere you have never been before.  Bon Appétit! Bon Voyage!  

Join the Conversation

Rate and Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please click on the Stars below to share your Rating of this Recipe




Comments:

  1. Made it. The stuff was absolutely delicious. Second time around I upped the amount of lime leaves and lemongrass a bit