Sitwonad (Haitian Style Limeade)

Limeade is a refreshing drink but it isn’t only for the summer time as some people might think; it’s more like a year round treat that accompanies your favorite Haitian dish. It’s the best thing to finish your meal off with…

For this recipe I used the juice of about 6-7 limes, it all depends on how large the limes you’re using are; obviously the bigger they are the less of them you’ll have to use and vice versa. Traditionally Haitians just mix the sugar into cold water but I feel like the sugar never really dissolves well with that method so I decided to make a simple syrup to start it off.   This recipe will just about fill  a 43 oz pitcher that has been filled halfway with ice cubes. If 1 1/3 cups of sugar seems like too much for you, eliminate the extra 1/3-cup of sugar (my mom said it was too sweet but I disagree).

I must say, I’ve had regular Lemonade and Limeade but Haitians have the ability to make the simplest thing taste so great! The addition of almond extract to this classic drink takes the taste up to another level; I hope you think so too 🙂

Sitwonad (Haitian Style Limeade)

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Serves: 6 Cooking Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 cup lime juice (6 medium limes juiced)
  • 1 1/3 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 trays of ice
  • 4 cups water



To a small pot on a low to medium flame add sugar and 3 cups of water stirring for about 3-4 minutes until sugar has dissolved. Remove from flame and let cool. While you simple syrup cools, juice your limes.


Add lime juice to your now cooled syrup along with the almond extract and stir. Pour over ice, add remaining cup of water, stir and enjoy!

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  • Unknown
    October 12, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Hello! I absolutely love this website! I have given it to some of my friends to share the wealth! But I make the Haitian cake the other day and absolutely everybody loved it! Can you please show how to make kalalou and bouillon! I love to cook but I don't really know how to make those two. Please help and thank you in advance!❤❤❤ you are awesome!?

    • Manie Chery
      October 12, 2016 at 11:51 pm

      Hi, thank you sooooo much for sharing, your support means a lot. I'm happy the cake came out good for you 🙂 Kalalou??? I have to ask my mother, I know what it is but I don't know what to make with it. I am working on the bouyon so stay tuned. Thanks again, you're awesome as well ?

  • Unknown
    December 29, 2016 at 3:39 am

    First of all big up to this beautiful women. Bringing our heritage and culture to the masses. Much love!! Zoe

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