My favorite drink in the entire world is Brazilian limeade. I remember the very first time I had it, I was at Rodizio Grill in Salt Lake City and the server recommended trying their limeade. I normally never order something to drink at a restaurant, 9 times out of 10, I just drink water, but for some reason on that day I thought I would give it a try.
I remember tasting it and instantly falling in love. I think I had 5 refills that night and literally made myself sick. It was that good. It was unlike any limeade or lemonade I had tried before, it was a little bit creamy and not super sweet and almost had a little bit of bitterness to it which might sound weird but the combination of the creaminess, sweetness and slight bitterness, resulted in truly, the best drink of all time.
It took years before I attempted to make this delicious drink at home. A friend of mine shared a story on her Instagram, of her making this delicious drink and I instantly messaged her asking for the recipe. I made it just like the recipe was written and it wasn’t quite as good as the kind I know and love. So I started over and tweaked the recipe to my personal liking so that it tasted exactly like the kind I order at the Brazilian restaurant. My modifications resulted in that perfectly sweet and creamy Brazilian limeade I know and love.
Tips & Tricks
- This recipe is versatile, you can tweak it and change it to your liking. If it’s not sweet enough, add more sugar. Not creamy enough, add more sweetened condensed milk. Not bitter enough, add more whole limes. Too sweet, creamy or bitter? Add more water.
- In Brazilian restaurants, they have different flavor options for their limeades. My personal favorites are guava or passion fruit. You can flavor your limeade with a puree of your favorite fruit. Strawberry, raspberry, mango, seriously the possibilities are endless. Start with 1/2 cup of fruit puree during the blending process and add more to taste.
- 4 cups cold water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 4 limes quartered
- To a blender add all ingredients, whole limes included.
- Blend for 30-40 seconds until limes have been completely pulverized.
- Using a mesh strainer, strain out limes chunks and discard them.
- Serve limeade immediately over ice or store in the fridge to get really cold.
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