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Recipe: Creamy Tropical Brazilian "Limonada"

Recipe: Creamy Tropical Brazilian "Limonada"

Creamy Tropical Brazilian "Limonada"

by Dylan Sabuco
Photo by Julie208/
prep time
5 minutes
cook time
4-6 servings

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Creamy Tropical Brazilian "Limonada"

Sip on sunshine with this creamy, tangy lime refresher!

Happy & Healthy Cooking,

Chef Erin, Food-Geek-in-Chief

Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills

  • blend :

    to stir together two or more ingredients until just combined; blending is a gentler process than mixing.

  • measure :

    to calculate the specific amount of an ingredient required using a measuring tool (like measuring cups or spoons).

  • zest :

    to scrape off the outer colored part of a citrus fruit's rind (skin or peel) using a metal tool with small sharp blades, such as a zester, microplane, or the small holes of a grater (avoid the "pith," the white, spongy lining of the rind that can be bitter).

Equipment Checklist

  • Blender (or pitcher + immersion blender)
  • Zester (or grater with small zesting plate/side)
  • Cutting board
  • Kid-safe knife
  • Can opener
  • Liquid measuring cup


Creamy Tropical Brazilian "Limonada"

  • 3 limes
  • 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk **(for DAIRY ALLERGY sub 1 13.5-oz can coconut cream)**
  • 1/3 C granulated sugar
  • 4 C cold water
  • 2 C Ice

Food Allergen Substitutions

Creamy Tropical Brazilian "Limonada"

  • Dairy: For 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk, substitute 1 13.5-oz can coconut cream.


Creamy Tropical Brazilian "Limonada"

zest + peel

Zest 3 limes, then peel as much of the remaining skin as possible and discard. Place the zest and the peeled limes in the bottom of a blender (or pitcher for use with an immersion blender).

measure + blend + count

Then, add 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 1/3 cup sugar, 4 cups cold water, and 2 cups ice. Blend until smooth. Practice counting in Portuguese while the drink blends: 1 um (oohm), 2 dois (DOY-eess), 3 três (TREH-eess), 4 quatro (KWAH-troh), 5 cinco (SEEN-coh), 6 seis (SAY-iss), 7 sete (SEH-chee), 8 oito (OY-too), 9 nove (NOH-vee), 10 dez (DEH-iss)!

pour + serve

Pour into cups and serve! "Saúde" (SAH-ooh-djee) or "Cheers" (literally "health") in Portuguese!

Surprise Ingredient: Sweetened Condensed Milk!

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Photo by ninikas/

Hi! I'm Sweetened Condensed Milk!

"As you can tell from my name: I'm milk; I'm sweet; and I'm condensed! Condensed means that the milk has had around 60 percent of its water removed, so it becomes dense and thick. Then, sugar is added to make it sweet. I come in a can and am able to sit unopened on your pantry shelf for one to two years so you can add me to your dessert recipes whenever you need me!"

  • In his travel books from the late 1200s, the explorer and merchant Marco Polo wrote about the Tatars, or Turkic ethnic groups across Eastern Europe and Asia, who condensed milk into a paste, which would be carried around in 10-pound bags. This was probably a fermented, yogurt-like milk curd, "katyk," to which they would add water to make a drink called "ayran." 
  • Nicolas Appert, a French confectioner and inventor, successfully condensed milk in 1820. In the United States, Gail Borden Jr invented a process in 1853, before refrigeration, to make sweetened condensed milk, allowing milk to be stored for much longer than a few hours.
  • Evaporated milk is a similar shelf-stable canned milk product, except it does not contain sugar and must be homogenized and sterilized by heat. In some countries, they call evaporated milk unsweetened condensed milk. 
  • "Sweetened condensed milk" is often shortened to "condensed milk." It has many uses. Add it to hot coffee and tea instead of milk, or make Thai iced tea or Vietnamese iced coffee with it. You can make fudge and dulce de leche with condensed milk. You will also find it in caramel candy and key lime pie, and it is a main ingredient in a Brazilian confection called "brigadeiro."
  • You might even try adding sweetened condensed milk to the egg mixture for French toast, like our Crème Brûlée Fancy French Toast Sticks!

What is Brazilian "Limonada?"

Photo by Julie208/
  • Brazilian "limonada" (lemonade) is a blended and strained limeade made from lime peel, lime pieces, ice cubes, sugar, and water. One version of the beverage includes condensed milk and is called a "limonada suíça" (Swiss lemonade).
  • Why is it called "limonada" or lemonade instead of limeade? In Brazil, a lime is known as a Tahitian lemon!

Let's Learn About Brazil!

Photo by IrenaV/ (Rio de Janeiro with Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugarloaf Mountain)
  • The Federative Republic of Brazil is the largest country in South America. It is in the central-eastern part of the continent on the Atlantic Ocean. Brazil consists of 26 states and a federal district. 
  • Brazil shares borders with every other South American country except Chile and Ecuador. To its north are Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. It borders Colombia in the northwest. Uruguay is south of Brazil, and Argentina and Paraguay are southwest. Bolivia and Peru are on its western border.
  • Portugal colonized this part of South America in 1500. Brazil declared its independence from Portugal in 1822, becoming official in 1825. Sept 7
  • The government is a federal presidential constitutional republic with a president, vice president, legislature, and supreme court. The country's currency is the Brazilian "real" (pronounced HAY-al). 
  • Brazil's total area is 3,287,956 square miles and spans four time zones. Worldwide, it is the fifth largest country. Brazil's population is seventh in the world, with over 200 million people. The capital of Brazil is Brasília, and the largest city is São Paulo.
  • The official and national language is Portuguese. More people speak Portuguese in Brazil than in any other country. Numerous other languages exist in Brazil, including over 200 indigenous languages.
  • Because of its size, Brazil's geography is very diverse. It has plains, highlands, hills, mountains, plateaus, lakes, rivers, and rainforests. About 60 percent of the Amazon rainforest is in Brazil, along with almost two-thirds of the Amazon River. The country has 4,655 miles of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. 
  • The Pantanal is the world's largest tropical wetland covering between 54,000 and 81,000 square miles. Iguaçu Falls, on the border of Argentina, is taller than Niagara Falls in the United States and wider than Victoria Falls in Southern Africa.
  • The country is rich in natural resources, and its economy is fueled by agriculture, mining (metal ore and gems), and automotive, food, and other industries. It is the world's largest producer of coffee, oranges, soy, and sugarcane. 
  • Brazil is the most biodiverse country in the world, with over 70 percent of all listed plants and animal species. The jaguar is the national animal. The piranha is a well-known fish found in the Amazon River.
  • Brazilian culture has been influenced by the cultures and traditions of its indigenous people, its Portuguese colonists, other European immigrants, Africans, and more recent Japanese, Arab, and Jewish immigrants.  
  • Brazilian music styles from Rio de Janeiro, like the samba and the bossa nova, are recognized in many other parts of the world. Different forms of the samba are heard during Brazilian Carnival, the most popular holiday in Brazil, celebrated on the Friday before Ash Wednesday and Lent. 
  • "Feijoada" (black bean and pork stew) is considered the national dish. Coffee is the national beverage.

What's It Like to Be a Kid in Brazil?

  • Because Brazil is below the equator, kids get out of school for summer vacation in early December and return in early February. 
  • The sports kids may participate in are soccer, volleyball, Brazilian martial arts, and swimming. Other games include "queimada," (a dodgeball game) and "bola de gude" (marbles).
  • There are several parks and beaches in Brazil for families to enjoy together. Other fun activities include riding the little red train up Corcovado Mountain to the 125-foot Christ the Redeemer statue or taking a cable car up to iconic Sugarloaf Mountain, a cone-shaped mountain, rounded at the top, like a refined loaf of sugar. Kids can visit sea turtles at a beach or over 500 bird species at the Parque das Aves near Iguaçu Falls. 
  • Kids may have a sandwich or French bread and butter for breakfast with chocolate milk or "pingado," a drink of steamed milk with a splash of coffee. They may eat rice with beans and meat and a salad for lunch. 
  • Favorite snacks in Brazil include "pão-de-queijo" (cheese bread or bun) and "coxinha" (deep-fried dough with shredded chicken filling).
  • Popular sweets and desserts are "brigadeiros" (chocolate fudge balls), "paçoca" (peanut candy), and "bolo de rolo" (roll cake with guava jam).

THYME for a Laugh

What do you call a lime that opens doors? 

A Key Lime!

The Yolk's On You

In our fridge there's condensed milk, evaporated milk, vanilla, and eggs.

So, just as a precaution we've put a sticker on them saying, "Warning: Highly Flannable."

That's Berry Funny

What do you get when you cross a brontosaurus with a lime? 

A dino-sour!

Lettuce Joke Around

What do citrus fruits like to eat? 


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