Recipe Review

I Tried Brazilian Lemonade and It’s the Dangerously Delicious Drink You Want to Get into This Summer

published Apr 20, 2023
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Glass of Brazilian lemonade with lime slices garnish
Credit: Nathan Hutsenpiller

If there’s one guarantee in life, it’s that nothing beats a cool and refreshing beverage on a sweltering summer day. And when the question of “Which summer drink hits the spot the most?” is asked, my answer is almost always lemonade.  

Since getting a small tease last week of the ungodly heat that is to come this season, I thought it would be a perfect time to finally try out the Brazilian lemonade recipe (aka Swiss Lemonade) I stumbled upon by @carolinagelen on TikTok. When I first learned that Brazilian lemonade is made with limes and condensed milk, I was so intrigued.

Get the recipe: Brazilian Lemonade

Credit: Nathan Hutsenpiller

How to Make Brazilian Lemonade

Thankfully this is a fairly easy recipe, so you can save your energy for tanning poolside once you get the first pitcher made. Start by cutting limes into quarters, and then toss them into a blender. Fill the blender up with water until the limes are fully submerged, then blend on high until everything is liquified. Be careful not to over-blend, which can make the finished product bitter. Then, using a sieve, strain the lime water to get out all of the bits and pieces that you don’t want in your drink. 

Next, pour the lime water back into the blender, and this time, add sweetened condensed milk and a few handfuls of ice. Blend on high until everything is silky-smooth and all of the ice chunks have been dispersed. Taste test and add special ingredients if needed (hint hint). Pour yourself a glass, enjoy, and bottle up the rest for storage in the refrigerator! 

Credit: Nathan Hutsenpiller

My Honest Opinion of Brazilian Lemonade

Brazilian lemonade as a mixed drink sounds exactly like what I want to get into this summer. The creamy richness with a hint of sweet is so perfectly coupled with the tart, acidic flavor of the limes, and I could see this being a dangerously fun and tasty cocktail. I will definitely be making this again for my friends, and look forward to finding ways of making this recipe more of my own. 

Credit: Nathan Hutsenpiller

2 Tips for Making Brazilian Lemonade

  1. Don’t go overboard. If you’re anything like me, five limes just doesn’t look like enough to fill a pitcher. Trust me — it’s enough. Start with five and you can always make a second batch if needed.
  2. Switch it up. One commenter suggested replacing water with coconut milk, and sweetened condensed milk with cream of coconut. To me, this sounds delicious, which just goes to show how versatile this recipe really can be. Have fun and experiment — sometimes it’s nice to forgo the rules.

Get the recipe: Brazilian Lemonade