Literally translated ‘Limonada Suiça’ means ‘Swiss Lemonade’, but it is neither Swiss nor a lemonade, funny enough. If you are looking for a refreshing drink that is easy to prepare, look no further.

Limão‘ is the Portuguese word for both lemons and limes, hence the confusion. The original recipe called for condensed milk, which way back in the day was imported from Switzerland, hence the name. You can use sugar or any sugar substitute you prefer, we like Stevia. Or you can try the original recipe and add a few tablespoons of condensed milk, which any Brazilian will tell you, makes everything better.

You will need:

  • 2 limes thoroughly washed (preferably with thin skins)
  • 1/4 cup of sugar or the equivalent sugar substitute to taste
  • 2 cups of cold water
  • 4 ice cubes
  • a few slices of lime for garnish

Preparation

Cut-Limes

  • Cut each lime into pieces.
  • Place the lime, the water, the sugar and the ice cubes in a blender.
  • Blend till the limes are almost disintegrated.
  • Over a tall glass pour the limeade through a fine-mesh strainer, pressing the solids to extract all liquid.
  • Discard the solids.
  • Yields one tall glass or two smaller glasses.
  • Garnish with slices f lime. Add additional ice cubes to taste.
  • Drink immediately as it will turn bitter over time.

We like to blend the ice with the limes and cold water so that the end result is an already cold drink. In our opinion no additional ice is necessary as it tends to water down the drink, but of course if you prefer pour it over additional ice.

If you would like to try the condensed milk version, use condensed milk instead o the sugar to taste, about 4-6 tablespoons.

Limonada 2

Serving Suggestion by Half Baked