Sparkling Honey Limeade


It really doesn’t get more refreshing than an ice cold drink of Limeade. This fresh homemade limeade is so easy to make and it’s naturally sweetened with honey and lime!

Sparkling Honey Limeade in glass pitcher

Sparkling Limeade Recipe

You can never have too many lemonade recipes, right? This is the third lemonade (or in this case limeade) recipe in a month. It’s summer and I’m slightly obsessed!

Fresh homemade limeade is so easy to make — the only tedious part is getting all the juice out of those limes. But this refreshing limeade is so worth it in the end!

For this summer drink recipe, I decided to sweeten it with half honey and half sugar because lime and honey always pair so well together. It would also be delicious if you wanted to mix in some cherry juice, which I think I’ll try next time.

I used to be someone who said I was only going to get my sugars from desserts not drinks, but with a drink this good that has changed my whole outlook. I’d definitely choose this limeade as my sweet for the day!

Limes set aside for making limeade

Honey Limeade Ingredients

For this sparkling drink, you’ll need:

  • Club soda or sparkling water
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Cold water
  • Granulated sugar
  • Honey
  • Ice
  • Fresh mint (optional)

Glass of ice cold limeade with raspberries, mint, and honey

How to Make Limeade

  • Whisk together cold water and sugar in a large pitcher.
  • Pour in honey and mix until well blended.
  • Stir in lime juice, followed by club soda or sparkling water.
  • Add ice and mint before serving.

Can I Make This Recipe in Advance?

Because of the carbonation in this drink, it’s best to make it just before serving. Over time, the limeade will lose the carbonation but the flavors won’t be dulled.

Can I Use Tonic Water in This Recipe?

I wouldn’t recommend it. Although tonic water is also carbonated, it’s much more bitter than sparkling water and club soda.

homemade Limeade in glass pitcher with mint and raspberries

Tips for the Best Limeade

  • Fresh lime juice is key in this recipe. I know it’s a lot of effort to juice all those limes, but you need the fresh stuff for this recipe!
  • To prevent the limeade from becoming watered down, freeze cherries or grapes and use the frozen fruit as ice cubes.
  • Don’t add the lime juice or sparkling water until the honey and sugar have fully dissolved, otherwise your limeade will be gritty.

limeade in glass pitcher with raspberries and mint leaves, on tray with limes

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Sparkling Honey Limeade

5 from 2 votes

Such a refreshing drink recipe! Flavored with lot of fresh lime juice and sweetened with sugar and honey (which is the perfect compliment to lime). Everyone will want more!

Servings: 6
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 liter club soda or sparkling water , chilled
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey (preferably light colored)
  • Ice
  • Fresh mint (optional)


  1. In a pitcher whisk together 1/2 cup water and sugar until sugar has dissolved. 

  2. Pour in honey and mix until well blended. 

  3. Stir in lime juice. Pour in club soda or sparkling water and stir once. Add in ice and mint.

Recipe Notes

  • To prevent the limeade from becoming watered down, try freezing cherries or grapes and use the frozen fruit as ice cubes. 
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Limeade
Author: Jaclyn


  • Riny: How many people does this recipe serve? August 4, 2018 at 9:48am Reply

  • Karel: You don’t mention the cherries (at least I think that’s what they are) in your recipe at all, not even as a garnish! June 18, 2018 at 11:23am Reply

  • Annie: Delicious! I tweaked it a bit but overall the base recipe is a great one. With a few changes this is going in my go to party recipe box. Definitely use club soda if you can…recommend going a bit lighter on the honey/sugar if your double/tripling/quadrupling this. Also…stays much fresher and doesn’t dilute if you use frozen fruit instead of ice. May 6, 2018 at 8:37am Reply

  • Sarah: I made this for a baby shower, as we had more than one gal expecting at the event. It was a hit!! Perfect for 110 degree heat in a Vegas summer. Making more again today for some poolside relaxation. July 11, 2017 at 2:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Perfect! I’m glad I could help with the heat! July 26, 2017 at 2:57pm Reply

  • Carly: Looking to make this for my baby shower this weekend- how many will this batch serve approx? June 21, 2016 at 8:43am Reply

  • Marie Scott: Just made this limeade with plums instead of cherries and wow it is delicious and beautiful! Thanks for the recipe! September 13, 2015 at 12:16am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Great idea, glad you enjoyed it Marie! September 13, 2015 at 10:04am Reply

  • Renee: For all those who “thought” it looked good…make it! It IS delicious. Light and refreshing. Oh and we added some coconut vodka….don’t need a lot to get a little coconut flavor. Which means you can enjoy more limeade. :-) July 15, 2015 at 9:00am Reply

  • Calico Jack’s Cantina: This looks pretty fun June 29, 2015 at 6:53am Reply

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