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Brazilian Limeade

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If you are looking for something refreshing and fun, this Brazilian limeade recipe is for you. It only takes 4 simple ingredients and a couple of minutes to make.

Two glasses of brazilian limeade with creamy texture, pale green color, and plenty of ice.

It is a slightly creamy drink with big lime flavor and plenty of ice to cool you off on a hot day. A lot of recipes for this delicious beverage call it Brazilian lemonade, but we decided to go with limeade as it more accurately describes what’s inside.

No matter what you call it, this recipe is super simple and really flavorful. The mix of citrus, condensed milk, and plenty of ice makes for a fabulous drink for cookouts or for just sipping on the porch.

Ingredients including limes, sweetened condensed milk, ice, and water, ready to be made into Brazilian limeade.

There is just something fun about having a fruity drink to sip on as the weather warms up. We love making homemade blackberry lemonade or cherry limeade.

But when I saw that Brazilian limeade includes condensed milk, you know I had to give it a try. I am a sucker trying all different kinds of sweetened condensed milk recipes.

Making Brazilian Limeade

This easy recipe only takes 4 simple ingredients. You just cut the whole limes into chunks and toss them in the blender.

That’s right, the whole lime goes in there. Cutting them into quarters or eights just makes the blender’s job a little bit easier.

Add some water and condensed milk and let that blender go to town. You want for it to be as smooth as possible.

Strain out any remaining chunks and refrigerate or serve immediately over ice. That’s it!

Why do people call it lemonade if it’s made from limes?

It feels a little weird to call this drink “lemonade” when there are no actual lemons in it, just limes. But it turns out the word for both lemons and limes in Portuguese is limão.

A drink made from either is called limonada, which was translated to lemonade in English. I am assuming that is because lemonade, and perhaps lemons in general, are more popular here than lime or limeade.

Two glasses of Brazilian lemonade with creamy light green beverage on ice with lime slices as garnish.

You can call it whichever way you would like. We decided to go with limeade today to make it simple.

For more tasty beverage inspiration, check out my collection of drink recipes.

Two glasses filled with creamy limeade, plenty of ice and garnished with a slice of lime, ready to drink.

Brazilian Limeade

Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Carlee
If you are looking for something refreshing and fun, this Brazilian limeade recipe is for you. It only takes 4 simple ingredients and a couple of minutes to make.
5 from 9 ratings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 6 fresh limes
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups ice


  • Wash the limes and chop them into about 8 pieces each.
    6 fresh limes
  • In a blender, add pieces of lime, water, and sweetened condensed milk. Blend for a few minutes, or until as smooth as possible.
    3 cups cold water, 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • Strain everything.
  • Pour over ice.
    2 cups ice


Brazilian limeade does not keep well, so it is best used not too long after it is made. Luckily, it is quick and easy to make so you can make it on demand.
If you have extra, try freezing it into popsicles for a frozen treat later. 
Taste it and if it is too sour or bitter for your taste, add the rest of the can of condensed milk. Or make simple syrup by warming up 1 cup of water and 1 cup of granulated sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in and chill until ready to drink. 



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 276kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 7gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 114mgPotassium: 386mgFiber: 3gSugar: 43gVitamin A: 255IUVitamin C: 31mgCalcium: 259mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Karen @karenskitchenstories

Monday 18th of March 2024

How interesting that the whole lime goes in there! We have a lime tree that is laden with fruit right now so this would be the perfect time to try this!


Tuesday 19th of March 2024

It is so easy and really refreshing. It sounds like you should make some!

Andrea Nine

Monday 4th of March 2024

I love lime! How have I never heard of this before? So refreshing!


Monday 4th of March 2024

You'll have to make some this summer!