Brazilian Lemonade

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Here is something that I don’t understand about this recipe. It is called Brazilian Lemonade and it is made with limes. That makes no sense to me. I even tried to google it and the people that made this recipe didn’t seem to understand it either. When I found this recipe, I loved how it had simple ingredients. But my favorite ingredient is sweetened condensed milk. Remember how I said I could totally drink that stuff? Well I was partially joking, partially not. It is just so good! I would just feel so much better drinking it in a drink than straight from the can. 🙂

brazillianlemonadefinal3The ingredients are simple. It takes just a few minutes to blend the ingredients together and you have a perfect, refreshing, summer lemonade…. or limeade. I hope someday I will find the answer to this! 🙂

Brazilian Lemonade

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A delicious and refreshing lemonade that is perfect for the summertime!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 4 Servings


  • 3 fresh limes quartered
  • 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 cups cold water


  • Pulse limes, sweetened condensed milk, sugar, and as much water as you can until everything is combined.
  • Pour the liquid through a strainer to remove the chunks of limes. Pour the remaining water (do not exceed the 4 cups) through the strainer to remove any sugar or pulp that was left behind.
  • Stir and serve immediately over crushed ice. Makes a little over 1 quart.


Serves: 4

Calories161kcal (8%)Carbohydrates36g (12%)Protein2g (4%)Fat2g (3%)Saturated Fat1g (5%)Cholesterol9mg (3%)Sodium34mg (1%)Potassium146mg (4%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar31g (34%)Vitamin A93IU (2%)Vitamin C15mg (18%)Calcium89mg (9%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Drinks
Keyword brazilian lemonade, lemonade, lemonade recipe
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. No matter what variety (yellow or green, etc), the Portuguese word for a lime or a lemon is “limão”. Limonada is a drink made with the juice of a limão.

  2. The answer is very simple. What we call limes… they call lemons. I had 2 brazillian exchange students and they both said the green fruit is called limon.

  3. In Portuguese “limão” is the same word for lemon and lime. This is where the confusion arises I believe.
    Love this drink although personally I leave out the condensed milk as I was out off it growing up.

  4. Our Girl Scout troop is doing an activity centered around Brazil. Each girl is bringing in a different Brazilian food or beverage. Do you think we could make this a day in advance? Or ev n a few hours in advance? Or would it have to be made and then served immediately?

    1. It is best to serve this immediately after it is being made. The lemonade tends to separate after a few hours and would need to be blended again before serving. Hope you have a fun Brazil day!! XOXO

  5. I lived in Brazil for 18 years, and I think that it is called “lemonade” because they only have one word for lemons and limes- limão.

  6. Hi Alyssa.
    The reason why it is called lemonade is bacause in portuguese both lime and lemon are under the same name which is limão and you can use both for this kind of drink that we call LIMONADA in Portuguese and when you translate that to English it comes up as lemonade. I personally prefer limes over lemons. I hope this helps☺️.

  7. Found this on Pinterest when looking for Brazilian recipes to make while watching the Olympics. So good! Its even better when you add coconut rum! 🙂

  8. First off, nothing against the author of the recipe. 🙂 I gave this 2 stars b/c I just made it and it is definitely not for my tastebuds! I love limeade so I was excited to make this. For me there was a very bitter taste that I couldn’t get rid off. I doubled the sugar, making it sweet + bitter. Maybe my friends will love it though. Maybe there are limes out there in the word not so bitter as mine?
    Try for yourself. Thanks for sharing this recipe. 🙂

  9. Hello! My name is Sabdra and I’m from Brazil. I’ll tell you why we call it lemonade. Because key lime here is called lemom, and the lemom is called Persian lime. That’s it. And I have a trick to share. Pell off your limes before pulse, and improve the taste, because the peel pulsed together made the lemonade become acid faster. And this “brazilian lemonade” here we named like “swiss lemonade” hahahaha. Best wishes! San.

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