This Brazilian Lemonade Recipe is a delightfully refreshing sugar-free beverage. Only 4 simple ingredients required to make this easy keto friendly drink! It will be the hit of your summer.
Have you ever heard of Brazilian Lemonade? Trust me, you want to become familiar with this easy and tasty summer drink as quickly as possible!
If you are unfamiliar, let me enlighten you. It’s not really lemonade at all. In fact, there are exactly zero lemons in this Brazilian lemonade recipe, since it’s made only with limes. Weird but true!
Despite this little twist, this frosty beverage is quickly becoming one of my favorite keto treats. It’s incredibly refreshing, with a flavor that’s both rich and light at the same time.
Intrigued? I thought you would be!
It’s a great recipe for summer entertaining, along with Sweet Tea Lemonade and Keto Root Beer Floats.
What is Brazilian Lemonade?
Okay so why do they call it lemonade? Shouldn’t it be called Brazilian Limeade?
For that, I refer you to a true Brazilian blogger over at Brazilian Kitchen Abroad. It would seem that the Portuguese words for lime and lemon are so close, it simply defaults to lemonade. Limão (lime) becomes limonada (the drink), which translates into lemonade.
You make this sweet summer drink in a most unusual way, with whole limes and sweetened condensed milk, along with water and plenty of ice. So it has a unique and delicious creaminess to it.
And my sugar free condensed milk is ideal for a keto version!
How to make Sugar Free Brazilian Lemonade
This may be one of the easiest drinks you make all summer. Less than 10 minutes, start to finish! I learned a few things when testing this recipe so here are all my best tips:
Use whole limes
No arduous squeezing required! You simply blend sliced limes with the liquids and some additional sweetener, and then strain it. It’s remarkably simple.
Rest assured that the whole limes do not make the lemonade bitter. The trick, as I learned from Brazilian Kitchen Abroad, is to keep the blending very brief. Less than 30 seconds is about right. This method essentially infuses the liquids with lime flavor.
Keto condensed milk
You do need to make a batch of my keto condensed milk ahead of time, but that in itself is incredibly easy to do. You can even make the milk ahead and store it in the fridge for a few days, prior to whipping up the Brazilian Lemonade.
Sweeten to taste
My homemade condensed milk is not nearly as sweet as the conventional version, so you want to add more sweetener to the mix. I found that another ⅓ cup of powdered Swerve was about right, but you can easily do this to taste.
Strain out the solids
Obviously you don’t want chunks of lime floating around your lemonade. So grab a strainer and set it over the serving pitcher, then pour the blended mixture through the strainer. Add the remaining water, plenty of ice, and your done!
Make it fresh
One of my discoveries in testing out a sugar free Brazilian lemonade recipe is that it’s definitely best made fresh. On the first day, it’s perfectly sweet and delicious but the lime continues to get a bit bitter as the drink sits in the fridge for more than 2 days.
If you plan on making this for just yourself, or you and your significant other, just make a half recipe. It’s so ridiculously easy to do, there’s no need to make a big batch.
And as I said earlier, the condensed milk can be made ahead and stored for up to a week in the fridge, so you can whip it up any old time.
How to make it dairy free
Want a dairy free version of this Brazilian lemonade recipe? That’s easy too! Just make my keto condensed milk with coconut cream, and leave out the butter at the end. I tried that out and it was just as tasty.
More delicious keto lime recipes
- Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
- Keto Key Lime Bars
- Crab Stuffed Avocado with Lime
- Keto Margarita Cake
- Thai Chicken Soup with Zoodles
- Keto Lime Popsicles
Sugar Free Brazilian Lemonade
- Chop the limes into slices and place in a blender (preferably a good strong one!).
- Add the condensed milk, sweetener, and 2 cups of the water, and blend only about 15 to 30 seconds. Strain through a sieve into a serving pitcher filled with ice.
- Stir in the remaining water. Adjust sweetness to taste and serve immediately.