Brazilian Lemonade

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Brazilian lemonade

So, we have already established that we have a Brazil connection right?  The Strong Man spent two years in Rio De Janeiro. And since the World Cup just finished up in Brazil (way to go Germany!) and because it is 47 billion degrees outside this seemed like a good recipe to share.

I never had this drink in Brazil when we visited, but was introduced to it at a local Brazilian churrascaria (prounounced SHOE-haas-ska-REE-a.) That is the kind of restaurant where they bring big hunks of grilled meat to the table on a giant skewers and cut off pieces for you. It’s a fun way to eat. And you have to practically roll out of the restaurant because you can’t stop yourself from eating just one more piece of meat.

The funny thing is that there are no lemons in Brazilian lemonade.  Lime in Portugese is lima and lemon in Portugese is limao. I’m not really sure of what they call the drink in actual Brazil, but it is made with limes.

And it is made with the entire lime, not just the juice. You blend up the entire lime and add sugar and water and the secret ingredient, sweetened condensed milk. Because the use the entire lime, including the pith, you have to make and serve this immediately.  If you let the drink sit around before consuming it, you will be very, very sad. The pith will turn the sweet drink into a bitter mess.

But if you drink it quickly, you will be so glad you get free refills (unlike at the churrascaria!)


Brazilian Lemonade

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 6 cups


  • 4 limes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 cups water
  • ice


  1. Wash the limes well. Cut off both ends, then cut the limes into a wedges.
  2. Place the lime wedges with sugar and 3 cups water in a blender. Pulse until the limes are pulverized and the the sugar is dissolved
  3. Strain the mixture over a large pitcher. Add 3 additional cups water and sweetened condensed milk. Stir well.
  4. Serve immediately over ice.

This recipe was adapted from Brazilian Lemonade

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  1. Denise says

    I saw this recipe several months ago, and I wanted to try it and forgot all about it. 😉 Fast forward, I’m going to try this delicious Brazilian concoction because it is, just typically, hot here in the South. This would definitely hit the spot. No pressure, but I’m sure wishing for one of your Brazilian dessert recipes. 😉 Thanks again for your recipes.

      • Denise says

        Awesome, I can’t wait to see it!! Funny thing is, the other day when you posted this recipe, I saw Bobby Flay make it on one of his shows, and yes it looked deliciously refreshing! 😀

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