Limes add a delicious blend of sour and sweet to cocktails, including healthy vitamin C. Here are some classic lime cocktails to create with your extra limes!
Ask any bartender or mixologist, combining sour, sweet, and bitter flavors to make a perfect cocktail is an art form. To achieve the perfect balance, a cocktail needs ingredients to fulfill all of these requirements. And one of the most popular editions is limes.
Limes a blend of sour and sweet that makes some of our favorite cocktails the knockouts they are. Keep reading to learn how to make some of the best lime cocktails!
A Classic Mojito
Can we really talk about lime cocktails without mentioning mojitos? For this cocktail you’ll need:
- 2 oz. white rum
- 1 oz. fresh lime juice (and wedges for garnish)
- 2-3 tsp. simple syrup
- 5-10 mint leaves
Put the mint leaves, liquor, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and gently muddle the mint. Add ice and shake it—strain and pour over ice and top it off with club soda. Add a lime wheel to the rim and enjoy!
Another classic lime-based alcoholic drink is a Moscow Mule. You don’t need any fancy equipment or copper mugs to make a delicious drink. You’ll need:
- 2 oz. vodka
- 1.5 oz. fresh lime juice
- 4 oz. ginger beer
Combine vodka and lime juice into a glass—add ice and ginger beer and stir. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can experiment with different varieties of limes.
If you like sweeter cocktails, this strawberry-lime rickey is for you. To make this refreshing summer drink, you’ll need:
- ⅔ cup cut strawberries
- 2 tsp sugar
- Juice from 1 lime
- 3 oz. gin
- ½ cup club soda
Mix the strawberries, lime juice, and sugar and gently muddle. Add gin and shake for 30 seconds. Pour through a strainer into two glasses and add ice and club soda.
Are you looking to pair these drinks with something to drink? Take a look at these lovely lemon dessert recipes.
The Cuba Libre is a simple drink that was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway. To mix this drink, you’ll need:
- 1 oz. rum
- 3 oz. cola (or diet cola)
- Juice of ½ of a lime
Simply mix the ingredients in a glass and add ice. If you want to kick it up a notch, you can add a splash of gin and bitters.
A Midori sour has a perfect blend of sweet and sour and layers of flavor. This cocktail is seeing a rise in popularity. To make this cocktail, you’ll need:
- 2 oz. Midori
- 4 oz. sweet and sour mix
- 2 oz. lemon-lime soda
- 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- Maraschino cherries for garnish
Pour all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 10 seconds. Strain and pour over ice into a whiskey glass.
Live It Up With These Lime Cocktails
These fresh sweet and sour lime cocktails are perfect for the summertime. We hope this inspires you to try something new! Here are more tasty and refreshing citrus cocktail recipes to try this summer!
Our Rio box is a 15-lb curated box of our fresh-harvested citrus from South Texas. The fruit is NOT gassed, rather it is tree-ripened. Our season runs from Nov-May for oranges, grapefruit and mandarins.
Our Grande box is a 30-lb box of either fresh-harvested Rio Red Grapefruit or Sweet Oranges from South Texas.