Orange blossom Egyptian limeade recipe

Published February 22, 2011 8:01PM (EST)

The secret to great lemonade or limeade is in starting with a simple syrup: equal parts sugar and water boiled, then chilled. Simple syrup is used to make sorbet and is the building block for a lot of great cocktails, so you may want to keep it as a staple in your fridge. I’ve tweaked this version a little by adding lime peel at the last minute to the heated syrup in order to infuse it with the lime’s essential oils.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water plus 4 cups water
  • A few lime peels
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons orange blossom water
  • Fresh mint, to taste


  1. Heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water until sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add lime peels to the heated mixture and let stand for 5 minutes before removing.
  3. Chill this mixture over an ice bath or for a few hours in the fridge.
  4. Add fresh lime juice and orange blossom water.
  5. Add 4 cups cold water. Stir well and taste. If it is too sweet for you, add some more lime juice.
  6. Serve over ice with plenty of fresh mint.

By Lisa Barlow

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