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Classic Jamaican Lemonade

This Jamaican Lemonade recipe is refreshing and delicious. Made with limes instead of lemons, this is a recipe that is perfect for those hot summer days. 

overhead photo of glass of Jamaicanl lemonade

Jamaica has many refreshing drinks and this Jamaican Lemonade happens to be one of my favorites. Jamaican Lemonade, also known as limeade, differs from other lemonade recipes. 

The first huge difference is that Jamaicans use limes in their lemonade rather than lemons. Sure, calling it Jamaican limeade is also acceptable, but when you ask a Jamaican for a glass of lemonade, this version is likely what you will get. 

The use of limes in Jamaican Lemonade is mostly because limes are more readily available in Jamaica so when it came to making lemonade, limes were used instead. 

The other difference is the use of brown sugar rather than white sugar. The brown sugar gives the drink a darker color and a nice depth of flavor. This limeade can also be sweetened with honey or a little bit of molasses. According to my Jamaican mother, brown sugar was also more readily available than white sugar when she was growing up.  

How to make Jamaican Lemonade

First, gather your ingredients. All you will need is some limes, brown sugar, and water.

brown sugar and whole limes on ablue background

Squeeze the limes into a glass until you get about 1/2 cup of lime juice. This takes about 4-5 limes.

Add the brown sugar to the lime juice and stir to combine. This allows your sugar to dissolve easily so you don’t have bits of sugar in the lemonade.

Pour this mixture into a large pitcher and add the water.

lemonade in glass mug

Serve over ice and enjoy!

hand picking up glass of Jamaican lemonade

FAQ

Should I make simple syrup?

Many lemonade recipes call for making a simple syrup by heating the water and sugar before adding the remaining ingredients. The purpose is to dissolve the sugar in the water. In this recipe, adding the sugar to the lime juice will dissolve the sugar without the need of heating any liquid.

Can I add liquor to this lemonade?

You sure can! A splash of vodka or rum turns this into an adult lemonade.

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overhead photo of Jamaican lemonade with limes in the background
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Classic Jamaican Lemonade

This Jamaican Lemonade recipe is refreshing and delicious. Made with limes instead of lemons, this is a recipe that is perfect for those hot summer days. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 108kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup lime juice from about 4-5 limes
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 ½ cups water

Instructions

  • Add lime juice and packed brown sugar in a measuring cup and whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add lime juice and brown sugar mixture to a large pitcher. Add the water to the pitcher and stir to combine.
  • Serve lemonade over ice. Enjoy.

Notes

Brown sugar can be subbed with turbinado cane sugar for a healthier version.

Nutrition

Calories: 108kcal
Recipe Rating




Wendy

Sunday 27th of February 2022

Love this refreshing drink. Quick, easy and in a hurry.

Tanya

Monday 28th of February 2022

Thanks so much Wendy!