Limes may be as popular as they are in the South, in part, because of the signature version that comes from the Florida Keys. Once you've tasted a slice of Key Lime Pie, you will certainly appreciate why. To keep with that fresh Southern citrus flavor, make this lime simple syrup to add sweetness and flavor to anything from iced tea to a homemade cocktail and to give a zesty kick of lime. We love to make this for guests to add to their favorite gin, vodka, or bourbon cocktails—or for a luncheon to add to iced tea or limeade. If you're planning a party, make up a double batch and put it in a small glass pitcher with a label, making it easy for guests to pour in their highball glasses. It's incredibly easy to make (just add a few peels to your saucepan with sugar and water!), so we venture to guess you're going to be filing this one in the "most popular" section of your recipe book. You can use it in a fresh summer sangria, with watermelon, dry white wine, vodka, triple sec, lime simple syrup, lime, orange, and blueberries. It's refreshing and so delicious—perfect for a summer party or cookout! Trust us, this is going to be your new secret weapon. Even better, this simple syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Southern Living


Credit: Southern Living

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10 mins
40 mins
Makes about 1 cup


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  • Using a vegetable peeler, remove peel from lime in long strips. Remove any remaining bitter white pith from peels. Reserve lime segments for another use. Combine lime peel strips, sugar, and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into an airtight container; discard solids. Store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.