Brazilian Lemonade

I drove yesterday for the first time in more than six months. I still hate it. While I was weaving through traffic on my way to the airport the Girl from Impanema came on the radio and I started daydreaming about Brazil. This is difficult when you are bumper to bumper just outside Baltimore. But not difficult when you know your gorgeous Brazilian friend will be sitting in the passenger seat in just a few minutes.

PS – Why are all Brazilians stunners? Have you noticed this?! They are all ridiculously good looking! Sabrina disagrees with me, telling me that in fact there are some unattractive Brazilians. I half don’t believe her - but I convinced her that they obviously aren’t allowed to get passports then, because I have never seen one. Very sneaky Brazil, I am on to you and your tourism boosting schemes!

You know what else helps lubricate a Brazilian daydream – Brazilian Lemonade! My recipe is PG-13, you could also add a little cachaça to make a creamy take on a Caipirinha for a more adult version.  

The first and hardest step in making Brazilian Lemonade is finding a studly Brazilian baby to throw limes all around your house. Not only does this provide hours of 1 ½ year old entertainment, allowing guardians more attentive gossiping, but it loosens the juices inside of the limes. If you cannot find the Brazilian variety, I am sure any baby will do. Slightly less exotic and SuperFancy but still. You could also just roll them under your palms on the counter – the limes – not the babies.

Wash the limes really well and cut into small pieces. Pulse in the blender, adding water as needed. Strain into a pitcher and mix with simple syrup, condensed milk and the rest of the five cups of water.

4 Thin skinned and Juicy limes
1 c. sugar
5 c. cold water
6 Tbsp. sweetened condensed milk
1 Cup sugar + 1 Cup Water + Boiling = Simple Syrup

Serve immediately over lots of ice and sip wistfully in a Hammock.



  1. Reminds me of a creamy version of my favorite drink...the Margarita! It sounds wonderful to be able to sip one of these in a hammock, but really? Have you ever tried that? It could be a little dangerous if you're not careful. Thanks for the recipe, I will have to try one of these on a hot SOCAL afternoon.

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