Brazilian Lemonade

This is our take on a Brazilian classic and less sweet than most other recipes out there. The name of this drink is misleading, as this recipe relies solely on whole limes for its bitter-tart backbone, while condensed milk and ice add balanced, frosty sweetness and a creamy texture. Best of all, this recipe is easily adjusted to be boozy or virgin and more or less sweet, depending on your preference. Brazilian Cachaça works well here, as does cane juice rum, but really any rum will do!


6 whole limes, well washed & scrubbed, cut into quarters
4 c water
1 pinch salt
½ c sweetened condensed milk
2 c ice
4 oz Cachaça, cane juice rum, or dark rum 


  1. In a blender, combine the water, limes, and salt and blend for about 30 seconds until the limes are roughly chopped.
  2. Strain lime mixture into a bowl or pitcher, pressing on the lime solids to release all the liquid. Then pour the strained mixture back into the blender.
  3. Add the sweetened condensed milk, ice, and rum (if using) to the lime mixture and blend until well combined and the ice is crushed. Taste, adjust for sweetness, and serve immediately. 


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