Cold drinks are always a welcome treat during hot summer days- and this juice recipe is no different. I highly recommend trying this strawberry limeade recipe with no sugar added! It's a refreshing thirst-quencher and a perfect way to cool down. All you need is 4 ingredients!
When the weather is hot outside, I crave an ice-cold drink. My favorites are normally lemonade and, of course, this strawberry limeade! But sometimes I like a thick and filling strawberry avocado smoothie.
The way the sweet strawberries combine with the tart lime juice is incredible. It is both refreshing and hydrating.
Cool refreshing drinks are one of my favorite ways to cool down in the summer, and this low-carb strawberry limeade really hit the spot.
In fact, this recipe tastes just like Sonic strawberry limeades - but without the sugar and carbs! Unfortunately, you can't get a sugar-free one when ordering keto at Sonic.
Since you are making this at home, you can control how sweet or tart it is. So, make it taste exactly how you want it to.
When you want to make this refreshing drink for yourself, here is what you'll need.
Try to use fresh strawberries for the best results. If you use frozen strawberries, it may taste more like a frozen slushie than a strawberry limeade.
You should also use fresh lime juice in this drink recipe. Jarred lime juice can work in a pinch, but it won't have the same zest or tart flavor.
Use your favorite sugar-free sweetener in this drink! Concentrated liquids and powder sweeteners will mix in the best with the drink.
Add a little bit of sweetener first, and then slowly increase it until it tastes as sweet as you want it to.
You don't have to use filtered or bottled water, but if your tap water has any kind of odd taste, filtered water will help the strawberry and lime taste even better.
On really hot days, I like to add a lot of ice! Make it as cold as you like.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
💭 Quick tips
- Use an electric blender. It's just not possible to make this by hand. You need to puree the strawberries until they combine perfectly with the lime juice.
- Save some strawberries and add them to your drink at the very end.
- Garnish your drink with fresh slices of lime. It's a beautiful drink that will taste as delicious as it looks.
- Change up the flavor. Other low-carb fruits and berries can be used instead of strawberry. You can also use lemon juice in place of the lime juice.
It's so easy to make a sugar-free berry limeade. For all the exact steps, scroll down to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, here are some extra tips that I hope help you out.
Puree Strawberries And Lime Juice
The very first thing you need to do is use a blender to puree the strawberries with the lime juice. Use a blender and mix them together really well to combine the sweet and tart tastes into one.
Mix With Sweetener
Add the sweetener after you puree the strawberries. This way, you can control exactly how sweet you make it. The limeade doesn't need very much sweetener since the fruit already have a natural source of sugar.
Add Ice Water
Finally, add as much ice water as you need to fill up the pitcher. If you think the strawberry and lime taste is too strong, use more water.
Serve and enjoy a glass!
What To Serve With Keto Limeade
Since this is such a fruity drink, if you make yourself a snack, you'll probably want something salty or savory.
If it is really hot outside, I just enjoy a chopped cobb salad as a light lunch.
Definitely go for something light and refreshing!
Here are a few questions people often ask about sugar-free limeade and other keto juice drinks.
Is strawberry puree keto-friendly?
By itself, strawberry puree (or any kind of fruit puree) is not keto-friendly as the juice from fruits is where all the carbs are.
However, this drink only has less than 3g net carbs per glass. The way I was able to keep the carbs low is by only using a small amount of strawberries in the large pitcher of the limeade.
Can you drink juice on keto?
You usually want to stay away from fruit juice on the keto diet. Plain juice (even unsweetened) is basically the sugary part of the fruit - without the fiber. Fiber is what lowers the number of net carbs.
It is okay to use a small bit of fruit juice to naturally sweeten things like other drinks. Just monitor how many carbs you are drinking.
How long does limeade last in the refrigerator?
This limeade will stay refreshing and delicious for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Can you turn this drink into keto freezer pops?
Yes, this is a fantastic idea! Use this exact recipe and pour the limeade into freezer pop molds. Then, you'll have frozen desserts that are low in carbs.
What is the best kind of sugar-free sweetener to use in keto limeade?
I used SweetLeaf stevia drops because they dissolved perfectly with the rest of the drink. It's also really easy to control how much sweetener you add when you are doing it one drop at a time.
That's all there is to this refreshing drink! Customize it and make it your own, but I think you'll enjoy it just like it is.
Enjoy this refreshing alternative to high-carb soft drinks! And if you want to cut the carbs, even more, try making your own cucumber mint water. Or, give the Starbucks copycat keto pink drink a try for a popular coffee shop summer beverage. You can even mix in a little tequila for a keto margarita!
📚 Related recipes
If you enjoyed this strawberry limeade recipe, here are some more low-carb drink recipes you'll enjoy too!
- Low-Carb Chai Masala is a spiced tea that's perfectly refreshing and delicious.
- Keto Shamrock Shake tastes amazing any time of year.
- Raspberry Avocado Smoothie is full of berry goodness that will cool you down and fill you up.
- Chocolate Keto Frosty is a frozen dessert that you'll forget is low in carbs.
- Sugar-Free Lemonade is both refreshing and sweet - without the carbs to derail your diet.
Sugar Free Strawberry Limeade
- 1 ½ cups strawberries sliced
- ¾ cup fresh lime juice
- 1 ½ teaspoons SweetLeaf stevia drops more or less to taste (equal to about ¾ cup sugar)
- 5 cups water
- Blend strawberries and lime juice in electric blender until smooth.
- Pour fruit mixture into 2 quart pitcher.
- Stir in sweetener and water.
- Add ice to fill pitcher. Serve cold
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First published on June 15, 2015. Post updated on July 6, 2021, with clearer images and additional recipe information.