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Finished lime simple syrup in a glass bottle.

Lime Simple Syrup

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  • Author: Lexi
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 14 fluid ounces 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This Lime Simple Syrup is perfect for adding a dose of tart citrus flavor to cocktails, mocktails, salad dressings, and more. Best of all, it only takes 3 ingredients and about 5 minutes of work. 


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  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 lime slices


  1. Add sugar, water, and lime juice to a small saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, and let simmer for 2-3 minutes, until the sugar is fully dissolved. 
  2. Remove from heat and add in 2 lime slices. Let the mixture sit for at least 10 minutes (or up to 30 minutes), then remove the lime slices.


Don't boil for too long: If the simple syrup boils for too long, it will thicken up a bit too much. After 3 or so minutes, be sure to remove from heat to cool. If it gets too thick, stir in a splash of water or lime juice to thin it out.

Refrigerator storage: You can store this simple syrup in a mason jar or any other sealed container and stash it in the fridge, where it'll keep for up to 3-4 weeks. If you notice an off smell or mold anywhere in the container, discard. It's important to store it in an airtight container to extend the shelf life.

Freezer storage: Freeze in an ice cube tray and defrost one or two cubes at a time when you need some simple syrup. When frozen, it should keep for 3-6 months, so you can enjoy it any time.

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It may vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 tbsp
  • Calories: 57
  • Sugar: 14.4 g
  • Sodium: 0.7 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g