Brazilian Lemonade

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Brazilian lemonade is a 4-ingredient drink that is tangy, creamy, and refreshing! It’s the perfect mix of tart and sweet and will have your family hooked after first sip.

When life gives you lemons… you try out some of my other tasty lemonade recipes! For some classic lemonade, try this Chick-fil-A copycat lemonade! And if you’re wanting something fruity, these watermelon and pineapple lemonade recipes are great choices too!

2 glasses of limeade topped with lime slices.

Homemade Brazilian Lemonade Recipe

Here is something that I don’t understand about this recipe. Although it’s called Brazilian lemonade, it’s made with limes. That makes no sense to me! What I do know is – this drink is one of the most refreshing, delicious things I have ever tried. When I first found this recipe, I loved how it had such simple ingredients. But my favorite ingredient by far is the sweetened condensed milk. It adds the best creaminess to the drink! Remember how I said I could totally drink that stuff? Well I was partially joking, partially not. It is just so good!

Not only are the ingredients simple, but Brazilian lemonade is super easy to make as well! It’s also great for making big batches of. It’s a potluck favorite! Just a few minutes is all it takes 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!

Ingredients for Brazilian Lemonade

It really doesn’t get any easier than this. These 4 ingredients combine for the most incredible tropical flavor! You’ll love it! Exact measurements can be found in the recipe card below.

  • Fresh Limes: Despite the name, Brazilian lemonade is made with limes instead of lemons. Unlike traditional limeade recipes, however, the whole lime gets blended instead of juiced! Since this is the main flavor of the drink, you’ll want your limes to be as fresh as possible.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk: This is what makes Brazilian lemonade stand out from the crowd! It adds the most amazing creaminess to the drink.
  • Sugar: Sweetens the drink.
  • Cold Water and Ice: Helps adjust the consistency of the drink and keep it cool!

How to Make Brazilian Lemonade at Home

This recipe is so simple because you use a blender to do all of the mixing! From there, just strain and serve!

  1. Add Ingredients to Blender: In a blender add the whole limes, sweetened condensed milk, sugar, and water.
  2. Blend: Blend until smooth.
  3. Strain: Pour it into a vase using a strainer to remove the chunks of lime.
  4. Add Ice: Add in ice, and serve immediately.
4-photo collage of Brazilian lemonade ingredients being blended and strained.

Substitutes and Variations

The best part about making homemade drinks is you can customize them to your liking! Here are a few easy ways to switch yours up!

  • Other Sweeteners: If you’re wanting to avoid refined sugars, try sweetening your Brazilian lemonade with honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar!
  • Add Herbs: Adding fresh herbs not only makes your drink look picture-perfect, but it infuses extra flavor! Basil and mint are some of my favorites to add in!
  • Make it Dairy-Free: Full-fat coconut milk is a great alternative to condensed milk! It has great flavor, too!
  • Make it Boozy: For an adults-only version of this drink, try adding a splash of vodka or coconut rum.

Storing Leftovers

If you have leftovers of your Brazilian lemonade, transfer it to an airtight pitcher and store in the fridge for 3-4 days. The ingredients may separate as your drink sits, so give it a quick stir before you serve it.

Top-down view of 2 glasses of Brazilian lemonade.

Brazilian Lemonade

5 from 1 vote
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

Ingredients
  

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

Instructions
 

  • In a blender add the whole limes, sweetened condensed milk, sugar, and water.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Pour it into a vase using a strainer to remove the chunks of lime.
  • Add in ice, and serve immediately.


Nutrition

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. Stephanie, lemons (lima, pronounced leemah in Brazil) are readily available in any market, from North to South. (I sometimes read the most incredible, far-fetched things about Brazil, ha, ha, ha!)

  2. Brazilian lemonade with sweetened condensed milk AND sugar? As a Brazilian, I have NEVER heard of that. From my personal experience, when you put sweetened condensed milk and lemon/lime juice in the blender, you’ll get a thickened cream. So I wonder if you really did try this concoction…

    1. In the instructions you also add water so that it doesn’t taste thick and creamy. It is the perfect blend and our family loved it!

      1. Living and learning, Alyssa! But sugar added to sweetened condensed milk… I’m surprised it was not horribly sweet!

  3. In addition to the name confusion between lemons and limes, I’ve also heard that yellow lemons aren’t as commonly available in Brazil as they are, say, in the US (most are imported and more expensive in Brazil). The reason for this is that the lemons that do grow in the equatorial climate there tend to have sort of a dry pulp. Limes are way more ubiquitous (and they are juicier!), so they are best for refreshing summer beverages such as this.

  4. I’m Brazilian and a botanist,. What most Brazilians think is a lemon is actually a green lime, and what we call a lime (“lima”) is actually an orange. The yellow-football-shaped lemon is called “limão siciliano”, and it’s very expensive here. This particular recipe, although it’s genuinely a Brazilian invention, can be found in any restaurant menu under the name “Swiss Lemonade – limonada suiça”. As for the recipe, I prefer to keep the rind for the zesty flavor, but to remove the pith (the white part underneath) since it adds a bitter aftertaste..

  5. I know in Brazil they speak Portuguese, but when I lived in Mexico the word for lime was “limon.” The yellow lemons we use in America don’t seem to exist south of the Rio Grande. So I’m guessing Brazilian Lemonade is really “limonada” or the Portuguese equivalent of it. All the time I lived in Mexicon, and on my travels in Guatemala, Venezuela and Ecuador, I never saw a yellow lemon, just green “limons.”

  6. Hi, Im from Brazil and the whole confusion about the lime/lemon can be very simple to understand. In Brazil, we distinguish the lemons by their color (yes, the green, the yellow, the orange, they are all lemons!) so we refer to it like this: green lemons, yellow lemons, orange lemons (they do exist!).
    Hope I clarified your doubts.

    Mariana.

    1. I never heard the term yellow lemon in my life! I am used to (Sicilian lemon). I think that the only lemon with a color in its name is the limão rosa (that is actualy orange and in most states its called limão-cravo). The trhuth is that we (brazilians) have lots of problems with lemons =P

  7. In Brazil we practically only use limes and use condensed milk for lots of dessert recipies and joices, so that is probably the reason for the name 🙂

    1. I was wondering why the name is brazilian lemonade. I’ve never tried it here in Brazil.
      But what you said makes sense. 🙂

      1. I think that this lemonade is what we call “limonada suiça” em some states in Brazil (some use carbonated water in the recipe, some use only milk or condensed milk and so on…). I am used to the version with carbonated water and lemon peel but I saw it in many (and weird) variations with the same name

  8. Probably a very stupid question… but should the rind be on the lime when you put them in the blender? I’d love to try this, but don’t want to mess it up. Thanks!!

    1. Not a stupid question at all because I wondered the same thing! 😉 and yes you put the entire lime in there including the rinds. 🙂

  9. I went to a Brazilian Restaurant and the waiter explained that in Brazil Limes are just green lemons and they are used interchangeably, it still should be called Limeaid though. Looks delicious.

  10. Anything with limes/ lemons and I’m there. This reminds me of a lemon or key lime pie that you make with eagle brand milk, lime /lemon juice and whipping cream. I’m sitting here running my pantry items through my head to see if I have the ingredients on hand. Thanks so much for the recipes. I will definitely be making this !

  11. Limon is how you say lime in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and French. Somewhere along the way, be ause it sounds so close to our lemon, the limonade got anglicized to lemonade and that’s how you got lemonade that’s really limeade.

    1. Actually in portuguese it’s limão not limon . It might sound similar for a foreigner but it is VERY very very very different for a brazilian 😉

    1. Not a stupid question at all because I wondered the same thing. ;). You put the entire lime in including the rinds. When you pour it through the strainer it will remove the excess chunks. 🙂

      1. Thanks! I was wondering the same thing about the whole lime, peel and all. Sounds good!

  12. ITs all the citrus family.. Any thing back years gone by.. MAde from citrus from a drink was called ADE..
    LEmonADE, LIMEADE, CitrusADE, ORangeADE…. It was all citrus..

    As for lemon or lime souring milk? Right away it won’t.. But if you let it sit long it will..

    To make fresh buttermilk for cooking,.. You would have tablespoon of Lemon (or vinegar), .. Add enough milk to make one cup… let sit, about 5 minutes at least, then add to any recipe.
    HEavy cream on hand, an lemon, or vinegar, make real buttermilk… Most don’t have heavy cream on hand now. USe to be a staple in every household.

  13. Hi! Just thought I might clear up some of your confusion about the lime/lemon thing. Not sure it if is exactly the same in Brazil, but my mother is from Mexico and to her what we call limes in english are “limons” and the yellow ones are called “limas.” She always used to say that that lemons weren’t real “lemons” and the green ones were. So this could just be a regional/language difference.

    1. I agree with Christina – I was going to post the exact same thing! To them limes ARE lemons (in a way!) hehehe my hubby is Mexican and I think it’s similar for Brazil. This sounds YUM!

      1. That’s so funny because my parents from Mexico and call both limes and lemons “limon” except it’s either limon verde or limon amarillo. Which confuses me and my step dad. To us limon is lemon and lima is lime.

      2. Well all of you are correct, just one thing, here in Mexico we have a lot of diferent kind of “lemons” and what we call “limes” are another kind of citric and are sweet.

      3. Hi,

        I’m from Brazil and there’s a bit of confusion over here about what is a lime. We usually call limes lemmons and lemmons are called sicilian lemmons. The only fruits I recall being called limes are sweet limes which we call persian limes, but when I looked up the term persian lime on Wikipedia, I realized it’s actually the most common type of lime sold in Brazil which we call tahiti lemmon. Wat a mess!

        About the recipe, I can’t remember ever drinking a “swiss lemonade” (as we call it here) with condensed milk, but I’m willing to give it a try. It’s usually limes, sugar and water (and sometimes Sprite) in a blender.

        I hope I cleared up the confusion, though I believe I made it worse. 😉

    2. That’s totally it, i’m from Brasil and the first time I saw what you guys call lemon i was like “it’s yellow! Lemons arent yellow!” Hahahahaha

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