Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

Cilantro Lime Jalapeño Lemonade

Jalapeño adds a subtle kick while cilantro brings grassy, herbal notes to the classic summertime sipper. Adults might like to turn this into a cocktail recipe and  stir in a little tequila.

Cooking Light AUGUST 2013

  • Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup)


  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup cilantro sprigs
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 sliced lime
  • 1 thinly sliced jalapeño pepper
  • Ice


Start with fresh lemon juice in a pitcher. Combine sugar and cilantro sprigs in a mortar; grind leaves with pestle. Add the cilantro mixture and water to pitcher with lemon juice, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add sliced lime and jalapeño pepper. Let stand 30 minutes before serving over ice.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 86
  • Fat: 0.1g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Protein: 0.0g
  • Carbohydrate: 0.0g
  • Fiber: 0.0g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 0.0mg
  • Sodium: 1mg
  • Calcium: 0.0mg

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Cilantro Lime Jalapeño Lemonade recipe