Saturday, July 24, 2010
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 ourbestbites.com) at: