How to Make Bartender Lime Mix

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Bartender Lime Mix

Bartenders use lime mix or a limeade concoction to prepare several varieties of mixed alcoholic drinks. Cooks that want to prepare mixed drinks at home can save themselves a step or two by learning how to make a classic bartender lime mix recipe. This mix is used in drink recipes such as T.G.I. Friday’s Ultimate Strawberry Daiquiri. Lime mix is also an ingredient in lime margaritas, caipirinhas, and mai tais.[1][2][3]

Although lime mix is often used as a drink ingredient, it can also be served as a drink on its own and is a particularly nice beverage on a hot summer day. After mastering this recipe for bartender lime mix, cooks might want to learn how to make bartender sour mix to prepare other mixed drinks.

Lime Mix.jpgFlickr: infrogmation
Offered by Multiple bars and restaurants, including T.G.I. Friday's
Customer service phone N/A
Served as Drink, Mixed drink ingredient
Main ingredients Limes, sugar
Cooking method Mixing
Similar to Limeade
Author Selena Robinson

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Bartender Lime Mix Ingredients

  • 3 limes or enough to make 1 cup of juice[4]
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 quarts of cold water[5]
  • Additional lime slices, for garnish (optional)

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Bartender Lime Mix Recipe

  1. Cut the limes in half crosswise.
  2. Use a hand juicer or an electric juicer to extract 1 cup of fresh juice and pulp.
  3. Pour the lime juice into a pitcher and add the water.
  4. Mix well and then gradually add the sugar, stirring continuously to combine.
  5. If serving the mix as a drink, slice another lime and garnish each glass with a lime slice.[6]

Bottoms Up: Strawberry Daiquiri

The strawberry daiquiri is one mixed drink that makes use of lime mix. In this video recipe, a bartender demonstrates how to make one from scratch.


Cooks can also make lime mix by adding fresh lime juice to a simple syrup. To make simple syrup, boil 1 cup of water and then add 2 cups of white sugar. Stir continuously to completely dissolve the sugar. Add the freshly squeezed lime juice from above to the mixture and store in the refrigerator.[1]

For a flavor variation on this mix, add a couple of tablespoons of honey to the above recipe.[4] To produce a slightly sweeter version, substitute the white sugar for ½ cup brown sugar and add ½ cup of warmed honey.[6] Those that prefer a sugar-free version of this mix can replace the white sugar with Splenda or another sugar substitute.[5]

Once you prepare the lime mix, you can use it in several drinks. To make a Brazilian Caipirinha, combine 3 1/2 ounces of lime mix with 2 ounces of Cachaca, a sugarcane brandy.[7] For a variation on a traditional Long Island Iced Tea, swap out the usual 1 1/2 parts of sweet and sour mix for lime mix instead. Garnish with a lime.[8]

Also See: How to Make Bartender Sour Mix, How to Make T.G.I. Friday's Ultimate Strawberry Daiquiri, How to Make T.G.I. Friday's Ultimate Long Island Iced Tea, How to Make Texas Roadhouse Margaritas


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