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Rolling the limes firmly on your countertop before cutting them will help extract the juice more more easily. Using a hand-held juice press makes it a breeze. For a grown-ups-only version, add a splash of cachaca, tequila, or other lime-friendly spirit.


  • ¾ cup fresh lime juice (5 to 8 fresh limes, juiciness varies widely)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 4 ½ cups water
  • Crushed ice


  1. Pour lime juice into a large pitcher.
  2. Add sugar and stir swiftly with a spoon until the sugar dissolves into the lime juice and no grittiness remains, about 1 minute. Add the water and stir again.
  3. Pour over crushed ice and garnish with slices of lime.