This Brazilian Lemonade is the epitome of a refreshing & delicious beverage. Contrary to the name, it contains zero lemons & the secret ingredient may surprise you!
Edit to add: This is one of the last recipes that I made & photographed alongside my husband before he passed way back in July this year. It’s been sitting in my folder as draft since then… I thought twice about including it, but Mike loved this stuff. He drank so much of it (as in the whole darn pitcher) that he gave himself a stomach ache. So, you know what… I have to include it. I need to remember every moment of my life with that man that I can.
Y’all. I found the most amazing recipe on Pinterest that tweaked just a bit & I just had to share with you guys.
The recipe is called Brazilian Lemonade – but here’s the kicker. There is no one bit of lemons in the whole batch. Instead, it’s made with limes. So, it is sorta like a limeade but oh-so-more-amazing at the same time.
The ‘secret’ ingredient here really took me by surprise is sweetened condensed milk. It was one that I really wasn’t expecting, but it ‘makes’ this beverage by giving it a gentle sweetness & creaminess that is hard to beat.
Another surprising ingredient in this delicious beverage is that it uses the entire lime (except for the lime ends). Yes, the skin of the lime gets used in this! You need to make sure you choose smooth thin skinned juicy limes for this recipe because it helps ensure that the final product isn’t bitter, and this should be served as soon as you’re done making it for the best results.
It’s oh-so-yummy – and oh-so-addictive…. and definitely a recipe that you all need to try ASAP!
Here’s what you need to make it:
Mix 6 cups of cold water with 1 cup of sugar until dissolved & chill until ready to use. Wash 4 limes throughly with soap since you’re using the entire lime, that’s an essential step. Cut the ends off the limes, and then slice the remaining pieces of lime into 8 chunks. Place half of the limes into your blender along with half of the sugar water.
Place the lid on the blender securely & pulse 5 times. Place in a strainer over the pitcher you’re going to use, & pour the mixture into the strainer to drain into the pitcher. Using the back of spoon, squeeze the pulp in the strainer & disperse any extra liquid.
Repeat the process with the remaining limes & sugar water.
Stir in 1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk. Taste the mixture & add more milk if you want it sweeter.
Serve immediately over lots of ice. This is not a recipe you want to make in advance, you need to make it right before you plan on serving to avoid bitterness.
- 4 juicy limes try and find ones with thin, smooth skins; they’re the juiciest and the thin skin cuts down on the chance of your drink being bitter
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 cups cold water
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- Mix cold water and sugar very well and chill until ready to use. This step can be done ahead of time.
- Wash limes thoroughly with soap - you need the soap to get the wax, dirt, & pesticides off of the limes since you will be using the entire lime. Cut the off the ends of the limes; then cut each lime into 8 pieces.
- Place half of the limes into your blender.
- Add half of the sugar water, place the lid on your blender, & pulse 5 times. Place a strainer over your pitcher & pour the blended mixture through the strainer and into the pitcher. Use a spoon to press the rest of the liquid from the strainer into the pitcher. Discard the pump & stuff remaining in the strainer. Repeat with the remaining limes & sugar water. Add the sweetened condensed milk - it's the secret ingredient! The original recipe called for 6 tablespoons, but I liked the final product MUCH better with 1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk. You can taste it at this point & add more if you would like. If it's bitter, add a little more milk.
- Serve immediately over lots of ice. This does not keep well, so do not make this in advance (although you can cut the limes, mix the sugar water, and measure the sweetened condensed milk in advance). This serves 4 people, although people will most likely want more so you may want to double or triple the recipe accordingly if need be.