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Lovely Limeade

Try this alternative recipe for lemonade, which uses limes as the main ingredient.
Course: Drinks
Keyword: coconut water, limeade, limes, vanilla, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 2 14-ounces servings
Author: Mark Reinfeld of Vegan Fusion and the Doctor and the Chef


  • Seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean, or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/2 cup

    freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 2 1/2 cups coconut water or water
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons agave nectar or organic cane sugar, or to taste
  • Mint leaves and lime wedges (optional)


  • If using the seeds of the vanilla bean, blend them well with the lime juice, coconut water, and agave nectar.
  • Otherwise, simply stir all of the ingredients well in a pitcher. Garnish the glasses with mint leaves and lime wedges, if desired.


  • For lemonade, replace limes with . . . you guessed it. . . . lemons.

  • For lime-gingerade, add a 1/4- to 1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger—blend and strain before serving
  • For pink limeade, add a very small sliver of beet before blending. A little goes a long way with beets.
  • For lavender-rose limeade, add 1 teaspoon of lavender flowers and 1 tablespoon of rose water before
    blending. Strain before serving.