Brazilian Lemonade Recipe

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Brazilian lemonade is so refreshing and perfect to cool off a hot summer day! So easy to make, ready in less than 5 minutes and uses just 2 ingredients.

Brazilian Lemonade

What is Brazilian Lemonade?

Brazilian lemonade, as you probably already noticed from the green photos, is actually Brazilian limeade, made with fresh limes. We call it lemonade because the word for lime in Portuguese is limão, so in Portuguese we call it limonada, which translates to lemonade.

There are a few different versions of this Brazilian lime drink, all of which feature fresh limes, but involve a different way of juicing and sweetening them. You can make limonada with freshly squeezed lime juice, or you can use a whole lime, skin and everything and blend it all together to juice it. Then, you can sweeten it with sugar, condensed milk or sometimes both! Such a simple drink, so many fun and tasty variations.

Brazilian Lemonade

How to make Brazilian Lemonade

Any Brazilian lemonade recipe is super easy to make. I like to make mine limonada Suiça style. Limonada suiça, aka swiss lemonade, is limeade that is prepared using the whole limes, skin and everything. Traditionally, limonada Suiça is sweetened with sugar, but when I was growing up, my mom would make us lemonade with whole limes, water and condensed milk. So this is my childhood’s and most favorite version!

To make it just blend the limes, the water and the condensed milk in a blender. Strain it into a pitcher full of ice and that’s it! You’re ready for the summer.

The big secret in this Brazilian Lemonade recipe

Some people truly hate the idea of blending a whole lime with the skin on, because of how bitter they become. The secret here is how long to blend the limes! The longer you blend, the bitterer they’ll become shortly after they’re blended. There’s no need to blend the limes any longer than 10 or 15 seconds. Better yet, just pulse a few times, and boom – you’ll have a strong lime drink, that doesn’t turn unbearably bitter!

Why the name swiss lemonade? No one actually knows. There appears to be three different versions of why the name, none of which has been confirmed to be real or official. According to a Brazilian gastronomy instructor in an interview with G1, Brazilian news site, “Some say a Swiss restaurant owner invented the drink. Some say the recipe was invented in a Swiss hospitality school. And lastly, there are sources that claim that the English actually came up with this recipe that blends the lime skins”. Who cares, right? As long as it’s delicious, we can call it anything! haha

Here are some Brazilian snacks to enjoy with your Brazilian Lemonade

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Brazilian Lemonade

Brazilian lemonade is so refreshing and perfect to cool off a hot summer day! So easy to make, ready in just about 5 minutes and uses just 2 ingredients.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 5 cups
Author: Aline Shaw

Ingredients

Instructions

  • slice 4 of the limes in 8 parts each and add them to a blender
  • add the condensed milk and the water to the blender along with the limes and blend for no more than 15 seconds (the more you blend, the bitterer the limeade will turn out)
  • using a fine mesh strainer, strain the juice from the blender into a pitcher filled with ice
  • slice the remaining lime in half, and sqeeze into the pitcher for an extra punch of lime flavor
  • Stir and serve right away!

Cheers! or as we say in Portuguese, Saúde!!

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    Notes

    *You can add more condensed milk if you want your limeade a bit sweeter - some people even add a little sugar. It's up to you!
    **You can also add a little more water if you think the lime flavor is too strong - just remember you'll be adding ice to the pitcher, and the ice will melt at some point. 

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    40 Comments

    1. 5 stars
      You got me so excited to try this recipe! I would have never thought about blending whole limes with the skin, but that is where all the essential oils are. And by the way, once you add condensed milk you get a lot of sweetness. I don’t have a blender, but I will try in my food processor, it should work equally well hopefully.

    2. 5 stars
      This is a very simple and easy recipe with great results. I will say, next time I’ll definitely add more sweetened condensed milk. I have bit of sweet tooth and would recommend making it sweeter for anyone else like me 🙂

      1. haha yes!! That’s the beauty of this recipe!! you can make it sweeter according to your taste and no matter how sweet you like it, it’s soooo refreshing!! So happy you liked the recipe!! <3

    3. Made these this morning, and followed instructions exactly. They were out of this world. Outstanding! I can’t wait to make these for friends. Thanks for sharing this amazing article and recipe for lemonade.

    4. 5 stars
      I will never make lemonade/limeade any other way. My kids love it and ask for it all the time. Thank you for sharing.

    5. This was great! I didn’t have any condensed milk so i made some by boiling milk and adding sugar and a little baking soda until it condensed and it turned out great!

    6. 5 stars
      I made this today! I was gifted a bag of limes and this was the perfect way to use them up! It was perfect for a hot summer day! Thanks!

    7. 5 stars
      OMG! This is a WINNER! I have to come up with a way to mass produce this. It never lasts more than 15 minutes in my house.

      Any thoughts on adding cherry to this?

      1. hahaha so great to hear your family loves it 🙂 I never added cherries, but you now have me intrigued. Let me know what you think if you try it!! Beijos xx

    8. 5 stars
      I didnt have limes, but I had 4 bottles of lime juice. I blended the ice into it to make it creamy, the kids loved it. I’ll be adding a splash of coconut Malibu to mine, yummy!!!

    9. 5 stars
      This is so delicious! For date night I made this and added rumchata it’s so yummy. But even without rumchata it’s just the best and refreshing drink ever. Thank you for sharing!

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