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Brazilian Limeade (Limonada Suíça) and Carnival

Call me crazy, but even in these chilly temperatures I still enjoy a super-refreshing and quick Brazilian Limeade (or Limonada Suíça, literally translated as Swiss Lemonade). It is as good as having ice cream in the winter! Limes (with the peel on), water, sugar, and ice are thrown into a kitchen blender, and combined to produce a pungent, quenching drink that is easier to prepare than regular lemonade. No simple syrup or squeezed limes are necessary, babe!


Since I won’t get to be there in summery Brazil celebrating Carnival this year, I will sip my Brazilian limeade while  listening to my favorite Carnival rhythms: the contagious frevo, axé, and samba!

When you think Carnival, Rio de Janeiro may come to mind…But actually, one of the best places to celebrate Carnival is in my hometown, Recife.  Galo da Madrugada is simply named in the ‘The Guinness Book of World Records’ as the biggest Carnival parade in the world, joining together more than 2.5 million participants — dressed in typical costumes and dancing frevo and other rhythms in the streets of downtown Recife, where gigantic dolls are displayed.  


Carnival in Recife (by permission of Diário de Pernambuco).

During these festivities many beverages are consumed, including Brazilian limeade — actually known  in Brazil as “Swiss lemonade.”  I am not sure exactly why it is called Swiss lemonade — perhaps because in some areas of Brazil sweetened condensed milk from Nestlé, a Swiss company, is added to the drink. Although I am a fan of sweetened condensed milk, I personally prefer my limeade without it. Brazilian limeade is one of those quenching beverages that is perfect just as it is,  in my humble opinion.

In addition, limes are actually called lemons in Brazil.  This is why back home Brazilian limeade is actually a lemonade — known as “Swiss” Lemonade or Limonada Suíça. 🙂


Whether Brazilian or Swiss, Limeade or Lemonade, the thing is DE-LI-CIOUS!  Cheers!!!!



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Brazilian Limeade (Limonada Suíça)
Brazilian Limeade is prepared with 4 ingredients thrown in the kitchen blender, producing the most simple and quenching lime drink ever. NO simple syrup or squeezed limes are necessary!
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Course Drinks
Cuisine Brazilian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Brazilian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
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  1. Place the limes, water, and sugar in a blender. Blend for about 1-2 minutes or until fairly smooth. Strain limeade into a pitcher to remove the bits of skin and pith. Place ice into medium glasses and pour limeade. Serve immediately to avoid the drink from becoming bitter.
Recipe Notes

1. If desired, you can stir in 2-4 Tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk after straining the limeade. I personally prefer mine without it!
2. Some recipes call for removing both lime skin and pith, using only the pulp. Others call for substituting soda lemonade for water.

A special thanks to Diário de Pernambuco for permitting me to use their gorgeous Carnival photo montage! (Obrigado, Diário de Pernambuco, por nos permitir usar a sua linda foto montagem neste artigo!)

21 Responses to Brazilian Limeade (Limonada Suíça) and Carnival

  1. Amira February 9, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

    OMG this is one of the thirst quenching drinks for us in Egypt. Me too, I do not like it with condensed milk. Limes are also called lemons in the Arab region and we call this drink LEMONADA 😉 so much in common. I have a question though, how do you get rid of the bitterness that the skin adds? I always find it better when the skin is removed.

    • Denise Browning February 9, 2015 at 7:44 pm #

      Hi, Amira! The skin produces bitterness which is balanced with the added sugar. This way, this limeade is neither too sweet nor too bitter. But it has to be drunken immediately in order to avoid becoming very bitter. There are people who prefer to remove the skin and make this limeade only with the pulp. I enjoy both ways.

  2. Rekha February 9, 2015 at 10:48 pm #

    Indeed this is delicious! Love it and great pics Denise:-)

  3. Raymund February 10, 2015 at 1:23 am #

    This is perfect for our hot and humid summer here, I just wish limes are cheaper, from where I am its $20 a kilo

    • Denise Browning February 10, 2015 at 10:06 am #

      Whoa!!!! Limes are very expensive then in NZ, Raymund! Here in Texas, one lime usually costs 15 cents… I paid 45 cents for 3 limes to make this limeade. What a difference!

  4. Deb|EastofEdenCooking February 10, 2015 at 12:49 pm #

    It may be winter but it is also citrus season! I adore this new-to-me recipe, it is so much easier than lemonade!

  5. Juliana February 10, 2015 at 5:25 pm #

    I didn’t know that this kind of limonada was called Suica…I sure love this but have not made this for a while…thanks for the reminder Denise…the pictures are gorgeous! Oh! I used to add a touch of condensed milk…
    Enjoy your week my dear 🙂

  6. Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine February 10, 2015 at 6:49 pm #

    I’m with you Denise, lemonade always sounds good! And yours sounds wonderful. Pinned!

  7. Coffee and Crumpets February 10, 2015 at 9:27 pm #

    This limeade looks wonderful! If you think about it, winter is the time citrus is in season…so it’s perefctly normal,to want to drink this in the winter! I love lemonade and limeades all year round though, and I love ice cream in the winter and here in Colorado, it really is chilly!
    Still, I could easily drink a glass or two of this.

  8. [email protected] February 11, 2015 at 12:57 am #

    What a vibrant beverage Denise! I eat ice cream in the winter and so I’m happy to drink lemonade as well. I love the combination of lemons and limes. So refreshing and I can’t wait to try it! : )

  9. Julia | February 11, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

    Brazilian carnivals sound so fun! Love the pictures of the carnival in your hometown that you posted. And that limeade looks so delicious, too, it would probably be good with some alcohol mixed in too! 🙂

  10. [email protected] Riffs February 11, 2015 at 4:09 pm #

    Never been to Brazilian carnival — would love to go someday. Would love some of this limeade, too. I make lemonade often — don’t know why I never think to try the lime version. Thanks for this!

  11. Liz February 12, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

    I actually prefer limeade over lemonade—and I’m certain I’d love your homemade version, Denise 🙂

  12. francesca February 13, 2015 at 1:42 am #

    all the makings of a great caipirinha : D This reminds me of italian granita!

  13. Mi Vida en un Dulce February 13, 2015 at 7:54 am #

    Oh…CARNAVAL!!! And yes, most people think in Rio than a different city in Brazil.

  14. Shashi RunninSrilankan February 13, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

    This lemonade of yours is making me crave summer more!

  15. Amy (Savory Moments) February 15, 2015 at 7:37 am #

    This looks so refreshing and tasty! I really enjoy limeade, but haven’t made it at home before. I’ll need to give it a try!

  16. Anna @ shenANNAgans February 16, 2015 at 11:53 pm #

    What a treat…. It’s stinkin hot here at the moment, reckon a glass of Limeade would go down a real treat. Limes are a tad expensive, but if the end result is this, totes worth it. 🙂 Also, add a splash of white spirit and you’ve got yourself a party for the tastebuds. LOL!

  17. [email protected] Chef February 23, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    simply tasty and refreshing!!!!

  18. Pang @circahappy April 26, 2015 at 8:08 pm #

    This is my new favourite drink. No need for syrup & fuss!!! What a treat 🙂


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