Brazilian “lemonade”

brazilian limeade

We are enjoying this tasty beverage in our sunny backyard right now. Not only is it refreshing, but it’s super simple to make. No juicer is necessary. All you need is a blender! This limeade… has such a pretty color, huh? Opaque and slightly green…like lime colored milk glass. It also reminds me how much I love limes! It was the sweetened condensed milk that intrigued me to try this recipe in the first place! Any excuse to open up a can of that stuff and I’m soo ready! The slight bitterness of the zesty limes and the sugar in the ‘ade will compliment some gin nicely! Second round, prepare to get boozed!

Happy Friday to us!

Only 4 ingredients! Limes, water, sweetened condensed milk & sugar.

what's involved

You chop up limes and put them in a blender with water. Add your sugar.

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Dip a few tablespoons into the sweetened condensed milk. Oh? Did you spill some? Let me take care of that for you!

i could eat this whole can!

Drizzle it in!

sweetened condensed milk

Blend it up!

post blending

And strain the mixture into your pitcher. Add water on top of the pulp to get the rest of the sugar rinsed off the rinds.

straining

Add a few ice cubes, a slice of lime & a straw! Now let’s drink some.

yessssss

Outside. You and me.

Brazilian Lemonade

(recipe Sunset Magazine)

  • 3 limes, quartered
  • 1/3  cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk

Place all the ingredients in a blender. Add 4 cups cold water and blend on high speed until limes are slightly chopped. Strain into a pitcher and then, with the strainer still resting above the pitcher, slowly pour about 1 more cup water (depending on how sweet you want the drink) through the strainer over the lime pieces to extract all the residual sugar and juice.

I ended up adding a little more sugar at the end because the rinds made it a tad on the bitter side. Thank you, sugar.

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  • June 25, 2010

    Rinds and all, huh? I would have thought it would be overwhelmingly bitter, looks delsih!!

    • June 25, 2010

      As long as you add enough sugar, it’s all good! :)

  • I’m having a revelation here. Condensed milk in a smoothie?! Genius! I love that you use the whole lime and then strain it. You get so much flavor that way, and you’re right, the sweetness from the milk would keep it tasty. I must try this!

    I was making watermelon and lime margaritas last week. Don’t you love summer?

  • June 26, 2010

    Nothing says summer quite like lime, and this smoothie looks awesome! I love the condensed milk idea…creamy, yummy goodness!

  • Dez
    June 26, 2010

    Bet that would be great with some rum!

  • June 26, 2010

    I’m thinking some tequila might be a great addition here too. Yummy.

  • Tina
    June 27, 2010

    Yum! looks like the prefect summer drink!

  • Lauren
    June 27, 2010

    In order to avoid the bitter rind… How about grating the fragrant green zest off, then quartering out the lime segments, sans bitter white rind?

    • June 28, 2010

      Perhaps on my second round, I’ll do that!

  • June 29, 2010

    Oh, what a nice surprise to see something Brazilian around here, Tracy! :)

    We love limes – actually, we use limes the way you guys use lemons, in just about anything, sweet or savory – and lost of our desserts call for sweetened condensed milk.

    • June 29, 2010

      two of my favorite things!!!!!

  • July 2, 2010

    i am so making this…like this weekend! and definitely adding gin. it looks fantastic, thanks for sharing!!

  • July 4, 2010

    I like the use of the sweetened condensed milk in this limeade!

    • July 5, 2010

      me too!!! and i like tasting the sweetened condensed milk when I’m making it!

  • Edson Jr
    July 22, 2010

    Hey just a quick trivia:
    Here in Brazil that is called Swiss Lemonade (Limonada Suiça) and at least here in the south its as common as orange juice.

    But I like it too…

    And for another sweet tooth delight with condesed milk, I would recomend the Brigadeiro:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brigadeiro

  • July 27, 2010

    I really liked this drink!! I made it the other day and put it on my blog, I hope you don’t mind! Thank :)

  • August 20, 2010

    I blogged about your recipe for National Lemonade Day! http://creativetastes.blogspot.com/2010/08/national-lemonade-day.html

  • sam
    September 3, 2010

    can you reuse the rind?

    • September 3, 2010

      I dunno! Never tried….it went in my composter!

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