Sparkling Limonada

Sparkling Limeade


Preparation info

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Appears in

Oaxaca: Home Cooking from the Heart of Mexico


By Bricia Lopez and Javier Cabral

Published 2019

  • About

This bubbly agua fresca brings back memories of chilling in Oaxaca’s zocalo, the main square, on a hot day. The zocalo can be a very touristy area, but it is also a meet-up spot for locals to just go and chill. The cafés around this part of town usually offer international things like club sandwiches and grilled chicken breast. However, one very Oaxacan offering that you will find is this sparkling limonada, which goes well with any type of dish. It also hits the spot if you are trying to avoid alcohol for any reason.


  • 3 cups (720 ml) filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ cup (120 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 (12-ounce/360 ml) bottle sparkling water


In a pitcher, mix the filtered water and sugar and stir until the sugar is mostly dissolved. Add the lime juice and mix.

When ready to serve, add the sparkling water.

Serve over ice.