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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.

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Brazilian Lemonade

4.29 from 7 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
A delicious and refreshing lemonade that is perfect for the summertime!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings



  • 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.



Calories: 161kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 34mgPotassium: 146mgFiber: 1gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 93IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 89mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Brazilian
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 4 stars
    So, it was good but not great. The bitterness from the lime peel was quite unpleasant and the sweetness from the sweetened condensed milk didn’t come through as much as I thought it would. Perhaps I’ll try it again with peeled limes and more of the milk.

    1. You’re actually not meant to blend until smooth. You blend for 15 seconds. Or you can pulse like 10 times, then strain. It’ll be minimally bitter.

    2. I agree as I had to dump mine as it was far too bitter. I read on a different website if you use thin peeled limes there is very little bitterness but I will pass.

  2. 4 stars
    I’ve been making this for years, but because I’m a very lazy person, I have a shortcut. I buy Simply Limeade and mix in the condensed milk. Tastes exactly the same with fewer steps & dishes to wash!

    1. That is an interesting way to make the brazilian lemonade. My question is…what is the mix ratio of the Simply limeade to condensed milk or do you just free hand it or mix to taste.

  3. 5 stars
    Best lemonade my kids have ever asked for, I’m not supposed to have the lemonade because it’s for my kids birthday but I had to sneak some.

  4. I made it and it’s really good however, I didn’t use sugar, instead I used coco Lopez and the condense milk and water and ice,. I think it came out better. Will make it for my son when he comes to visit me ☺️ in Georgia

      1. This is probably a stupid question, but do you peel the limes first? Or does the blending chop it up fine then you get rid of chucks when you strain it.

  5. 5 stars
    interesting, a new one for me, a lot of sugar but same for a lot of lemonades, I like the lime condesnsed milk combination, thank you

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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