Brazilian Limeade (Limonada Suíça)

This tart and creamy refresher is a Brazilian staple for beating the heat. You’ll love how simple it is to make and it’s a hit with all ages in the summer.

Prep Time
10 minutes
45 minutes (up to 3 hours) chilling time
 Two glasses of creamy Brazilian limeade are garnished with fresh lime slices and resting on woven coasters. The drinks are set on a light-coloured tile surface, with palm leaves in the background. Additional lime wedges are scattered on the table.

Sharp knife

Cutting board

Medium bowl

Microplane OR grater

Scale OR dry measuring cups

Spatula OR wooden spoon

Liquid measuring cups

Blender OR food processor fitted with the metal blade



Large measuring cup or bowl

Glasses x 4

6 to 8 servings
  • 5 medium limes, washed well (preferably organic), divided
  • ¾ cup + 1 tbsp (177 g) Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar, packed
  • 4 cups (1000 ml) water, fridge cold, divided
  • 1½ cups (375 g) ice
  • ⅔ cup (167 ml) sweetened condensed milk
Garnishes (optional):
  • Lime slices
  • Lime zest, finely grated

Step 1

With a sharp knife, remove the ends of the limes. Cut two of the limes into eighths and place into a medium bowl. Do not peel. With a microplane or grater, zest the remaining three limes into the bowl of limes. Peel or cut away and discard the rinds/pith of the zested limes. Cut the pithless limes into eighths and add to the bowl.

Step 2

Add the Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar into the bowl and toss to coat all pieces thoroughly. Allow the lime pieces to macerate, stirring approximately every 15 minutes; 45 minutes or up to 3 hours (see Chef’s Tips).

Step 3

Transfer the macerated limes, sugar, and any juices released into a blender. Add 2 cups (500 ml) of the cold water. Use the pulse button and process until coarsely chopped; about 5 pulses. Do not continuously blend or process too finely as the limeade will become bitter.

Step 4

Place a sieve lined with cheesecloth over a large measuring cup or bowl. Pour the contents into the sieve and press down onto the pieces to release as much liquid as possible from the limes (see Chef’s Tips).

Step 5

Place the liquid, the remaining 2 cups of cold water, ice, and sweetened condensed milk into the blender. Process until the ice is finely crushed and limeade is frothy.

Step 6

Pour into chilled glasses (see Chef’s Tips), garnish with a slice of lime and/or zest, if desired. Serve immediately.

Two glasses of creamy Brazilian limeade, each garnished with a fresh lime slice, sit on a light-coloured tile surface. One glass has a straw, and in the background there is a wicker basket filled with whole limes and lime halves.. Additional lime wedges and a pitcher of limeade are also visible.