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


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


  • 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.


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. Hello. I am from Brazil. You need to try an other dessert with limes and sweetened condensed milk:

    Pulse 30 seconds 1 cup of sweetened condensed milk + 1 cup of heavy cream + 1/2 cup of lime juice. 2 hours in refrigerator.
    You can serve this mousse with a dark chocolate and soft cream sauce.

  2. To answer your question, the Portuguese words for lemon and lime usually get translated incorrectly. They refer to lemons as limas and limes and limaos. So it should technically be limeade 🙂

  3. I’m Brazilian. Let me explain your doubt: Here our lemons are what you call “limes”. It’s what we use fore lemonades, salad dressings, lemon pie, and YES caipirinhas. Your lemons (the yellow ones) are called sicilan lemons here, and are really hard to find and expensive. We use it only for expensive recipes.
    Anyway. Our usual lemonade is just lemon (lime), sugar and water. If you squeeze the lemons it’s called lemonade, if you mix it al in the blender is suiss lemonade. But as much as we love condensed milk and use it in many desserts and some alcoholic drinks (batidinha) we do not use it to make lemonade. =)

  4. This lemonade looks delicious! I use to make lemon pie, almost the same way. I am from Honduras, and let me tell you about limes and lemons. We have two very common species of lemons… the “limón indio” which has a yellow rind (your lemon), and “limón Persa” which has a green rind, (your lime). It took me a while to learn the difference when I was exposed to the American culture, because we called both of them “lemon”, so, it does not matter if it is made with lemons or limes, it will always be a “lemonade” for us. And, we also have a not very common specie, the “lima” which is… sweet!! All of them belong to the Citrus family. Hope this explanation helps to answer your question. Thanks for sharing your recipe!. If you want to make lemon pie, get cookies, like Maria cookies and set a layer of them on an oven dish. Refrigerate. Then, place in a blender, 1 can of evaporated milk, and 1 can of condensed milk. While they are blending, pour slowly 1/4 cup lemon juice just until the moment the liquids get thick. Then stop the blender rapidly. You have to get a delicious smooth and creamy mixture that you pour over the layer of cookies. To decorate use lemon rinds. Refrigerate and then enjoy!

  5. I went to Tucanos (Brazilian Grill) and I loved their Lemonades. They have a bunch of different flavors and the top two favorites were Strawberry and Mango. Do I just use another fruit instead of the limes? Of do I do a 50/50 between the two? Thanks for your post!

  6. I really don’t understand this lemonade. It’s not something we drink here in Brazil! I don’t know how the brazilian name is in that.
    Even though, I must say that here, your lime is called limão, and limonada is lemonade. Maybe that’s why it’s made with limes but it’s called lemonade.
    Your lemon is our limão siciliano.

  7. I am a Brazilian and lime are the only thing
    We use there! It’s called limão in Portuguese
    It’s refreshing and most of us just get froma tree in our backyards!
    We don’t have easy access to yellow lemons ! Lol

  8. Brazilian here… in Brazil, both types are called “LEMONS” one we call a green lemon, the other a yellow lemon… so hence “Brazilian Lemonade” Delish, isn’t it? (it’s like a key lime pie in a CUP!)

  9. to answer your question..
    the reason this recipe calls for limes instead of lemons and is still considerd lemonade..
    i am married to a brazilian and lived in brazil for awhile. they actually do not have the same lemons that we have here in the states in most regions of brazil, and they are extremely hard to find in the regions that do have them. so they make lemon recipes most of the time with limes because in portuguese the word for lime is limao which means lemon in their language. so to them limes are lemons; they know no difference. and actually, if you want to make TRUE brazilian lemonade, omit the sweetened condensed milk – even though brazilians LOVE it and use it on many desserts and things, they actually do not use it in true homemade lemonade. they squeeze the juice of many fresh limaos and add about 1/2 cup acucar (sugar) for each squeezed lime. mix with water and chill in the fridge. it is that simple! and it is SO delicious! it is even better the next day! 🙂 i hope this eliminated your confusion on the lemon versus lime!

  10. In fact, this lemonade photo is lemonade Switzerland, lemon is beaten in a blender with bark, sugar and ice,
    Brazilian traditional lemonade is squeezed lemon juice and add water, sugar and and ice.

    Greeting from Brazil !!!


  11. In brasil, we consider lemons and limes to be the same thing. There is no difference to us hence a lemonade made using limes. 🙂

  12. Sorry!! I posted the previous comment by mistake, and cut it short. Lol. Hello!! I am from the Dominican Republic, and we also use the term “lemon” (in Spanish, “limón”) for either one. Basically, in most Latin American countries, lemon is the green fruit, and lime the yellow one. There many varieties of lemons, and they are told apart by texture, flavor or color, but the are lemons. According to an article I once read (and that I cannot find), lemon was the word used for the green fruit, since the origin of the Spanish language. Which makes me think it would be the case for Portuguese, since they are both of Latin origin.

    In the Dominican Republic we prepare a similar drink, as it is common in Latin American countries to make milk based juices. We make one called “Morir Soñando”, which would literally translate to “To Die Dreaming” and it consists of: previously sweetened all natural orange/lime/lemon juice, evaporated milk, and loys of ice. Some people incorporate oatmeal to make it thicker and richer. It is delicious!!! Hope you try it and enjoy it!!! 🙂

  13. Hello!! I am from the Dominican Republic, and we also use the term “lemon” (in Spanish, “limón”) for either one. Basically, in most Latin American countries, lemon is the green fruit, and lime the yellow one. There many varieties of lemons, and they are told apart by texture, flavor or color. According to an article I once read (and

  14. If you want the real swiss brazilian lemonade, don’t add sugar. The condensed milk is the ingredient to get the sweetness.
    We also make this as a cocktail by adding vodka.

  15. Hey:)
    I just saw this recipe on pinterest and it stuck out to me because I happen to live in Brazil!
    I can imagine the reason that it’s called brazilian and it uses limes because limes are common here and it’s very difficult to find lemons.
    Hope that helps!!
    great recipe and I have had this lemonade in a few different restaurants here in Brazil 🙂

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