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Brazilian lemonade aka Limonada suíça a refreshing cold drink. It’s made of limes, sugar, condensed milk, water and ice it’s then mixed in a blender. This frothy, sweet and creamy lemonade is the perfect way to combat the sweltering summer heat that’s just around the corner!
This Brazilian lemonade s goes by a couple other names too. Limonada suíça is one and the other is Brazilian limeade. I know you’re thinking, “why lemonade if lemons are used.” Well, it’s called lemonade because in Brazil the popular lime is known as Tahitian lemon.
The word “Swiss” in Swiss lemonade comes from Switzerland. Years ago they used to import condensed milk from there, hence the name.
Limonada suíça is a popular drink in Brazil. It’s a little tart and tangy, a bit creamy and frothy thanks to the condensed milk. And of course it’s sweet.
It really is the perfect drink for summer get togethers. If you love frothy, sweet and tart drinks then you are going to love this!
My husband studied abroad in Brazil for a year and Brazilian lemonade one was his favorite drink as well as the Batida. It’s basically the same drink as Brazilian limeade but with coconut milk and alcohol.
Not to mention, it’s very easy to make. Creamy drinks are my absolute favorite. There are many ways to make this refreshing drink. I’ll show you how I make it.
HOW TO MAKE LIMONADA SUICA
Add the all of the ingredients into a blender and mix well. If you like yours a bit tart then I suggest you use less sugar or condensed milk. Then add more if needed.
Taste and adjust if necessary. Add more water, sugar, limes, or condensed milk if needed. Serve your Brazilian lemonade with extra ice if you like. Garnish with mint and grated lemon (optional) but if you want to make it look pretty then add some garnish.
If you don’t have a blender you can use a food processor which is what I used since my blender is in storage back in DC. I refuse to buy another one. Just be careful, if your food processor isn’t big enough you will have to make this in batches. I have an 8 cup and still had a bit of a juice mess. I should’ve known better!
The drink will become very frothy.
Pour the drink in to each glass.
TIPS TO MAKE BRAZILIAN LIMEADE
Brazilian limeade can and should be adjusted to your preference. Some people prefer their drinks more tart, others more sweet.
So, start of with less sugar and condensed milk then taste. Add more sugar, condensed milk, or water if needed.
Traditional Brazilian Lemonade – Whole limes are used to make this drink but I don’t use whole limes. More on that below.
You can either peel some and leave the rest whole and quartered. It’s all up to you.
My kids don’t like the taste of whole limes because of the bitterness, so I always peel all of them or just use the juice of the limes.
By juicing the limes, I can drink it the next day. Can’t do that with the whole lime version. See more info below. Use this recipe as a guideline to make your own limonada suíça.
Make it in advance – Yes you can make this Brazilian lemonade in advance but only if you juice the limes. Whole limes won’t taste good the next day. It will be very bitter.
Using whole limes – it’s best to drink it the same day or it will become very bitter the next day. I’ve tried it and trust me. It tastes terrible!
WHAT GOES WELL WITH BRAZILIAN LEMONADE
- Skirt Steak Taco Salad
- Best Beef Tacos
- Flank Steak Stuffed w/ Parmesan, Spinach and Lemon zest
- Pico de Gallo
- Sweet Chili Mayo Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
- 5-6 limes peeled or juiced or whole. you can also use lemons
- 1/2 cup condensed milk or less or more to taste
- 1 1/2 cup sugar or less or more to taste
- 6 cups water add more if needed
- 2 cups ice
- lime zest
- sliced limes
- fresh peppermint
- Add all of the ingredients in to a blender and mix until blended. Pour into the glasses. Garnish with lemon, lime zest and peppermint if you like.
TIPS TO MAKE LIMONADA SUICA:Brazilian limeade can and should be adjusted to your preference. Some people prefer their drinks more tart, others more sweet. I prefer mine on the sweeter side. Start of with less sugar and condensed milk then taste. Add more sugar, condensed milk, or water if needed. Traditional Brazilian Lemonade - Whole limes are used to make this drink but I don't use whole limes. You can either peel some and leave the rest whole and quartered. It's all up to you. My kids don't like the taste of whole limes because of the bitter flavor, so to suit them, I peel or use the juice of the limes. Feel free to use whole or maybe make a couple whole and the rest juiced or peeled. *See notes below. By juicing the limes, I can drink it the next day. Can't do that with the whole lime version. See more info below. Use this recipe as a guideline to make your own limonada suíça. Make it in advance - Yes you can make this in advance but only if you juice the limes. Using whole limes to make this in advance won't work. It will become so bitter. You won't be able to drink it. Using whole limes - it's best to drink it the same day or it will become very bitter the next day. I've tried it and trust me. It tastes terrible! Simplify - Just an idea but you can save time juicing and use a 12 oz limeade or lemon concentrate or use a 100% bottled lime juice. I prefer fresh limes. Tools used to make this: Libbey Duratuff 12 oz beverage glasses. Biodegradable Assorted Colors Drinking Straws Dowan 4 oz Porcelain Ramekins Set of 6
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