This whipped frozen limeade is a blast from the past--but much better for you! It's got the nostalgic taste of a lemon-lime slushie, and this time it's made with real lime juice and fresh, homemade syrup. Just a splash of dairy is enough to evoke the creaminess of vanilla soft serve mixed with the cool and tangy iced slush. Or use coconut milk creamer for a tropical twist.

Casey Barber
Source:, July 2020


Recipe Summary

10 mins
1 hr 10 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring sugar and water to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Stir in lime zest and remove from heat. Cover and let steep for 1 hour, then strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve; discard the zest. (You'll have extra lime simple syrup; refrigerate for up to 1 week.)

  • Add 1/2 cup of the simple syrup, lime juice, half-and-half and ice to a blender. Blend until the ice is crushed and the mixture is slushy. Divide among 4 8-ounce glasses and serve immediately.


To make ahead: Refrigerate simple syrup (Step 1) in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

115 calories; protein 0.4g 1% DV; carbohydrates 28.2g 9% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 0.2g 1% DV; sugars 26g; fat 0.8g 1% DV; saturated fat 0.5g 3% DV; cholesterol 2.6mg 1% DV; vitamin a iu 41.9IU 1% DV; vitamin c 9.8mg 16% DV; folate 3.3mcg 1% DV; calcium 14.1mg 1% DV; iron 0.1mg; magnesium 3.5mg 1% DV; potassium 46.9mg 1% DV; sodium 6.3mg; added sugar 25g.