The dog days of summer have arrived. The time of year I find myself making a lot of cool drinks. Pink Grapefruit Margaritas, Iced Coffee and teas and mojitos! I’m sharing another favorite, Brazilian Lemonade!
Brazilian Lemonade Low Sugar Recipe
A couple of years ago while visiting my sister in Utah, we were driving around looking at homes……just for fun. It was hot, like 99 degrees hot, so when we saw a children’s lemonade stand, we stopped. The sign read….Brazilian Lemonade! We had no idea what Brazilian Lemonade was and figured it was just the marketing tactic 5 year olds were now using. We couldn’t pass it up, the kids were cute and we were thirsty……even if it was probably going to be lemonade from a powdered mix. (what do you expect for .25 cents?)
We gladly paid them extra (cuz that’s what you do), hoped they hadn’t stirred with their fingers and went on our way…….OH MY GOODNESS! That was the BEST Lemonade I had ever had. We tried figuring out the ingredients as we happily sipped away, never once even coming close.
Once back to my sisters home, I googled to see if there was such a drink……….Brazilian Lemonade. And sure enough, there was. Where had I been?
I don’t make it often because of the sugar content, but I finally had another AHA! moment and thought I’d make it with Truvia or their Truvia Sugar blend. Now if someone would make low sugar sweetened condensed milk, I’d be in heaven.
This drink is refreshing, delicious and packs a little pucker power. Surprisingly, there are NO lemons in the recipe. Nope…….not a one. But limes? Oh yes, plenty.
It’s not the kind of recipe you can make up a batch and sip on it all day……..if that’s how you want to drink it, then you’ll need to add the sweetened condensed milk right before drinking. Otherwise it just doesn’t taste right.
I am not from Brazil….. I’ve never been to Brazil. When researching for this recipe, I blended a combination of many recipes I tried….. they were all called Brazilian Lemonade and so……. that’s what I named it. And yes……. blend the peels. 🙂
- This recipe has been adapted from Our Best Bites
- 6 cups cold water
- 1 cup Truvia Sugar Blend (or sugar)
- 5 limes (cut into wedges)
- 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
- Wash your limes and cut into wedges.
- Mix the cold water with the sugar or your Truvia blend (if you're using the full strength Truvia, then start out with 2 tablespoons and adjust to taste). Stir until dissolved.
- Place all your limes into your blender (I have a 9 cup blender).
- Pulse blender a few times until limes are chopped.
- Using a fine mesh strainer, pour and strain into your pitcher.
- The pulp can be thrown away.
- Add sweetened condensed milk right before serving. Stir and pour over ice.
Drink right away. Once the sweetened condensed milk is added it doesn't hold it's refreshing taste if you store it. You can make the bulk of the juice up ahead of time and add the sweetened condensed milk before serving.
Still thirsty? Make up a pitcher of these:
What’s your favorite “dog days of summer” drink?