Cilantro Limeade

There was a time in my life when I didn’t really care for cilantro. WHAT?! Fortunately I made it through the dark ages and found an affinity for the leafy goodness. Yes, it totally is possible to overcome food aversions. Just don’t get me to try mayo. That might take me at least 3 decades to figure out.

If you want to make a fancy beverage, add this one to your repertoire. It would be great at parties, lovely at a Mexican themed baby shower (we had one!) and just plain refreshing if you’re sitting outside on a hot day. The cilantro isn’t too pungent, so I’m pretty sure you could fool a few cilantro haters into drinking some.  And who knows…you might convert a few people to Team Cilantro.

Try it and report back!

And we’re off!

Ingredients. Simple.

Juice the limes.

Make the simple syrup. Sugar & water. Heat until sugar is dissolved.

Add the cilantro to the syrup. Let it steep for a bit.

Strain the syrup into a jar.

And if you’re taking the show on the road you’ve got a jar of lime juice, simple syrup, bubbly water & cilantro/lime for garnish.

In a big pitcher, add in the lime and cilantro.

Pour in the bubbly water. Add the lime juice.

Add in the cilantro simple syrup. Take a taste and see if it needs more. Adjust accordingly.

Serve with a lime wedge and a little bit of cilantro.

Now that’s REFRESHING.


Cilantro Limeade

makes 4

recipe from Whole Living Magazine

• 1/2 cup raw sugar
• 1 cup cilantro sprigs, plus more for garnish
• 1 cup seltzer water
• 1 cup fresh lime juice (from 8 to 10 limes)
• Lime wedges, for garnish

Make cilantro syrup: Bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat, add cilantro sprigs, and let steep 5 minutes. Strain, discard sprigs, and let cool.

Stir together seltzer, lime juice, and 10 to 12 tablespoons syrup in a large pitcher. Serve over ice & garnish with cilantro and lime.

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