This refreshing limeade is made with fresh strawberries, crisp cucumbers, tart limes and aromatic mint. It’s the most perfect addition to any picnic, barbecue, or just a delicious drink to enjoy while enjoying the warm weather.
1 lb strawberries, hulled
1 1/2 cups lime juice (about 8 limes) and lime peel
3 medium cucumbers, sliced
1 handful fresh mint
1/2 cup granulated sugar
8 cups water
For the best possible flavor, use freshly squeezed lime juice, not bottled lime juice. I use a citrus juicer to extract as much juice as possible from limes.
There is a lot of flavor in the lime peel, so use a vegetable peeler to get as many long strips to be added to the limeade.
Place the strawberries, lime juice, lime peel, sliced cucumbers, sugar and mint in a large bowl.
Use a potato masher to mash everything together well. Everything should be fairly easy to mash together except the cucumbers, but that;s ok not to mash them up completely. You just want them to release as much flavor and juice as possible.
Mix until the sugar is dissolved.
You can also use a food processor or a blender. All that pressure will cause the sugar to dissolve.
Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve, pushing the fruit solids against the sides of the sieve, to get as much of the liquid out as you can.
You can also pour in 1-2 cups of water to help the straining process. Discard the solids.
Pour in the rest of the water, mixing to combine. You can add more or less water, depending on how concentrated and/or sweet you want the drink to be.
Storing the Limeade
Keep the Strawberry Cucumber Limeade refrigerated. It will stay fresh for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
Making the Limeade in Advance
One of the thing that I love about making homemade lemonade or limeade is that you can make a big batch and store it in the refrigerator. The longer it stands, the more flavorful it gets. I love the mint, lime and cucumber flavors mixed in with the berries.
To save room, you can store the strained mixture in a mason jar before adding all of the water and then just add the water when you are serving it.
Place some mint, lime peel and cucumber slices in the strained juice in the mash jar, and they will add more flavor to the drink as they stand in the refrigerator.