Brazilian Lemonade (Limanada Suica)
This alcohol-free Brazilian Lemonade is this summer’s Tik Tok sensation! It’s the smoothest lemonade you can get, irresistible! A pure delight with a touch of coconut water to make it a tad more exotic!
Everyone loves a thirst-quenching lemonade! Imagine a creamy, smooth version! The Brazilians found the answer to our prayers: a condensed milk lemonade with lime and lots of ice! This ‘Limanada` or Brazilian Lemonade is simple to make and needs only three or four ingredients; condensed milk, limes, coco water, and a pinch of salt with some ice cubes. So simple yet so innovative for anyone outside of Brazil… It’s a big trend on Tik Tok right now, so I needed to try it out, and I’m so glad I did!
What is Condensed Milk?
Condensed milk is found in can form; it’s milk that loses about 60% of its water. And the difference between evaporated and condensed milk? Condensed milk is usually sweetened up, while evaporated milk isn’t. So there you have it, it’s a sweet, thicker milk, which means perfection in an acidic company, for instance: limes! Plus, it brings all this fluffiness to the drink!
With or Without the Peel?
Some TikTok videos used the whole lime, while others cut it off. I chose to take off the peel since my limes weren’t organic, and I know it’s pretty hard to take the pesticide away from citrus fruits. But you could leave it if you find some lovely organic limes and don’t mind the extra bitterness. You need to mix with coco water the whole limes at first and strain them in a meshed sieve. Then add the juice to the blender with the condensed milk and ice cubes, and voila!! This version however does not need to cut the peel off each lime. You choose what technic sounds better!
Pulp or no Pulp
In the video, I blend everything together, which makes a lemonade with a bit of pulp. If you prefer without pulp, use the above technique with the peeled limes and coco water blended first. Then strain it, and blend it again with the added ice and condensed milk. This way, it will be pulpless. Both ways are in the description.
Some limes are drier than others; I recommend taking limes with less texture on their skin, the smoothest, the juiciest. Also, buy a few more limes to make sure to get enough juice. You can make a small test with a half lime to see if it’s got enough juice to fill a small spoon; it’s good! Otherwise, you’ll need some more limes.
Coconut Water or Water?
The original recipe uses simple water but I thought adding a bit of tropical flair wouldn’t hurt. Plus, coconut water is filled with electrolytes helping you to hydrate better. On Tik Tok, I saw a variation of this recipe made with coconut milk, instead of condensed milk, which I thought looked yummy too.
Could I use evaporated milk instead?
Yes, it would make an unsweetened version but you could choose to add a lovely agave, honey, or maple syrup to balance the sweetness and sourness.
How many ice cubes does it need?
I’ve used five big cubes, but it’s up to you.
Could I use lemon?
Yes, why not?
Could I make an alcoholic drink out of this?
Add a touch of rum or Cachaça to make it an adult version. Cachaça is a sugar cane distilled alcohol from Brazil.
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- 5 limes peeled
- 300 g condensed milk
- 100 g coconut water or water
- 8 ice cubes
- pinch of salt
- Add the peeled limes and coconut water to the blender, blend.
- Pass through a meshed sieve, collect only the juice.
- Add, once more, the lime juice, ice cubes, salt, and condensed milk to the blender and mix until smooth.
- Start by cutting the peel of the lime off.
- Add to blender with the rest of the ingredients.
- Blend until smooth.