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Creamy, frosty and tart, Brazilian Lemonaid is actually made with limes and it’s a fantastic refreshment for a hot day. In Brazil, it’s known as limonada Suíça, which translates to Swiss lemonade, because it uses sweetened condensed milk (a staple ingredient in a lot of South American desserts.)
And even though it’s called lemonade, it uses limes since the word limão is often used interchangeably for lemons and limes in Portuguese. Pulsing the entire lime into this drink adds an extra layer of brightness and depth from the rind. Brazilian Lemonade takes only minutes to blend and is best served immediately.
Video: Watch Me Make Brazilian Lemonaid
Brazilian Lemonade Tips and Tricks
Don’t overblend the limes. If you do, the mixture will be bitter.
I prefer a slightly tart drink. To make it sweeter, use more monkfruit or more sweetened condensed milk.
Serve immediately. If you store it for too long, the mixture will separate.
Turn it into a cocktail by adding a cup of white rum, coconut rum, or tequila.
Creamy, frosty and tart, Brazilian Lemonaid is actually made with limes and it’s a fantastic refreshment for a hot day. Drink it as a mocktail or add rum or tequila to turn it onto a cocktail. Once you try it, it’ll be your new favorite beverage.
4 limes, washed and quartered (rind on)
1/4cup sugar or monkfruit sweetener
7ounces sweetened condensed milk (or, for a dairy-free version, use 7 ounces sweetened condensed coconut milk)
4cups cold water
4cups ice, plus more for serving
Add lime wedges, sugar or monkfruit and water to a blender. Blend for for 20 – 30 seconds. You want to extract flavor from the limes, but not pulverize them, which can make the drink too bitter. Pieces of lime rind will still be visible.
Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a large pitcher or bowl with a spout. Use the back of a spoon to push out as much liquid as possible; discard the solids.
Return the mixture (ice and all) to a blender and add the sweetened condensed milk. Blend for 10 – 15 seconds.
Divide among tall, ice-filled glasses, garnish with lime wedges and serve immediately.