Saturday, July 24, 2010

Brazilian Lemonade - unusually good.

If you require your lemonade to be “see-through” - you may have some issues with this version.  It’s also interesting that it isn’t even made with lemons at all - but limes.  If you’re open-minded about trying something different from standard American lemonade - you just may find this to be your new favorite.

I have no connections to Brazil - so I didn’t have any expectations at all about what “Brazilian Lemonade” even was.  My wonderful neighbor JoAnn introduced me to this refreshing change of pace drink - and I find it is growing on me.  Every time I make it, I like it even more.

Don’t be like the typical kid and turn up your nose when you see something out-of-the-ordinary in the list of ingredients.   Sweetened condensed milk seems to cut the bitterness of the limes, and adds a nice rich taste.  You’ll never know until you try it.
One recipe source I found suggested cutting about half the skin off the limes prior to blending them.  It had just enough punch, but tasted less bitter when I made it this way.  
I added a few more tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk to mine, and I liked that little extra sweetness.  Start with the recommended amount, and work up.  Apparently in some areas you can find mini-cans of sweetened condensed milk in the latin section of the grocery store, but not so here.  It isn’t hard to find a use for the leftovers from a 10-oz can (grab a spoon!)

JoAnn’s lime pitcher (shown at the top) was perfect for this drink!  You can see I used my random clear pitcher, which was fine - but not nearly as fun.  
You can find my adaptation of this recipe (which I found at at:


  1. This looks so cool and refreshing. It really is perfect for a hot summer afternoon. Thanks for the tip regarding the rind. I hope the day treats you well. Blessings...Mary

  2. Sort of like a key lime pie lemonade. It sounds delicious.

  3. This looks delicious. I love your pitcher. So unique and it's nice to see the drink.