A Taste of South America: Brazilian Lemonade Recipe


brazilian lemonade

Are you dreaming of faraway places today? Maybe of a beach and warm, tropical weather? This traditional Brazilian drink’s a whole lot cheaper than a plane ticket (staycation, anyone?), and it’ll give you a taste of a distant locale, sip after sip. 

Go gather your lemons—psych. This recipe’s name may say “lemonade,” but it actually uses limes. Citrusy lime, combined with mild, creamy coconut milk and a hint of tangy ginger make for an interesting, but ultimately delicious combination of flavors.

This smooth light beverage is perfect for a summer party. It doesn’t keep long, but it’s so good that it probably won’t stay around for long anyway. Saúde.


3-4 limes

2-3 cups coconut milk

6 cups water

1-2 tablespoons ginger


Optional: 1/3 cup sugar

Optional: Rum for the adults


1. This recipe’s super easy to make. No juicer required. Cut off the ends of the limes and slice them into eighths. Place the lime wedges in a blender with about ½ cup water per two limes. (You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your blender.) Pulse the blender until the mixture looks smooth.

2. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the mixture into the pitcher you plan to use to serve the drink. Press down on the pulp with a spoon to release all of the juicy goodness. Discard the pulp.

3. Add the rest of the (cold!) water and the coconut milk to the pitcher. Grate 1-2 tablespoons ginger over the top of the pitcher. Stir it all together.

4. Serve over ice and garnish with a lime slice.

Optional: For a grown up twist, add your favorite rum for a piña colada-style drink.

image: Kirsten Hudson

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