Brazilian Limeade: An Unexpectedly Delicious Drink

When our pal Marne, a Marketing Producer here at ModCloth, first mentioned seeing a recipe that involved putting limes — with their rinds on — in a blender, and included sweetened condensed milk as an ingredient, we thought it sounded kinda cray. But we decided to try it anyway…and it blew our tastebuds away. Just gotta trust us on this one!

There are a few more steps than the average cocktail, but the delicious reward is SO worth it.

Brazilian Limeade


What You’ll Need:
5 ounces cachaça (Leblon is a brand that’s fairly easy to find in the US)
5 limes
6 cups water
2 cups sugar
4 TB condensed sweetened milk

How To:
1. Wash your limes, and wash ’em well. They’re going to go into a blend, rinds and all!
2. Cut four of your limes up into sixths — doesn’t really matter how you slice them, because they’ll be in the blender soon.
3. Stir your sugar into your water until fully dissolved. Most recipes we read called for cold water. However, it’s much easier to get sugar to dissolve in warm water, so we did that, then refrigerated it for a bit, and finally (and impatiently), just popped some ice cubes in it and stirred away!
4. Put half your cut-up limes and 3 cups of the sugar water into your blender, then blend well. (If you have a large-capacity blender, you can do all at once! This is just so you don’t overflow a regular-capacity blender.)
5. Pour the blended lime-water mixture into a pitcher through a wire mesh sieve to catch all the solids.
6. Repeat this process with the other 3 cups of sugar water and the rest of your lime sections.
7. Strain this batch into the pitcher.
8. Add the condensed sweetened milk and cachaça, then stir to combine.
9. Cut a few slices of your fifth lime to use as garnish.
10. Pour into ice-filled glasses (recipe yields about 6 servings), garnish with a slice of lime, and enjoy!

+Have you ever tried Brazilian Limeade? What’s your favorite unexpectedly good cocktail combo?


About Natalie

As the owner of three small, fluffy dogs, Natalie has accepted the fact that dog hair being everywhere and on everything is just part of her lifestyle now. She cannot stop decorating (and redecorating) her home, and lives by Robert Venturi's words, "Less is a bore." Fresh flowers, floral print dresses, and a good gin and tonic are just a few of her favorite things.

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  1. Faith 09/26/2015 at 12:42 am #

    How would you make this non-alcoholic? Can you just leave out the cachaça or is there something you should add instead to replace the flavor?

    • ModNatalie 09/28/2015 at 6:34 am #

      Hi, Faith! You can totally just leave out the cachaça, and it’ll be non-alcoholic and just as delicious. 🙂

  2. Charleene 10/24/2015 at 9:33 am #

    I love this drink, its called Caipirinha. 🙂

    • ModNatalie 10/26/2015 at 10:57 am #

      Hi, Charleene! Thanks for your comment. I love caipirinhas too! This recipe includes sweetened condensed milk and lime rinds (which are later strained), which makes it a new cocktail unto itself. 🙂

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