Brazilian Rum Limeade
Brazilian limeade is flecked with lime skin from pulverized whole limes.

Believe the hype: This Brazilian limeade cocktail is delicious!

When I first heard about this Brazilian limeade cocktail, I was skeptical. Whole limes? Sweetened condensed milk? I imagined an overly sweet yet bitter concoction. Boy, was I wrong. This is creamy and refreshing, not-too-sweet and without a trace of bitterness. It has a strong lime flavor but is not overly tart.

Lemonade or limeade?

You often see this drink referred to as Brazilian lemonade. I prefer calling it limeade since it is, after all, made with limes.

Whole limes, sweetened condensed milk and sugar are ready to be blended.

Ingredients for a Brazilian limeade cocktail with rum

  • Whole limes
  • Granulated sugar
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Water
  • Ice
  • Rum
  • Lime wedges for serving
Creamy and light, Brazilian limeade is a great summer drink.

Equipment you’ll need to make this cocktail

You’ll need a blender, ideally something with a lot of shredding power like a Ninja. But any high-powered blender will do the trick.

Want to make it a cocktail?

What if you don’t want to add the alcohol? Leave out the rum and this is the perfect non-alcoholic refreshment.


Recipe by Nana JanaDifficulty: Medium

Whole limes are the secret ingredient to this creamy concoction.


  •  4 whole limes, washed and with tips cut off each lime

  •  1/3 cup granulated sugar

  •  7 ounces (half a can) of sweetened condensed milk

  •  4 cups water

  • 4 cups ice

  • 6 ounces of rum

  • Lime wedges for serving


  • In a blender, combine whole limes, sugar, sweetened condensed milk, water and ice and blend until combined.      
  •  Strain through a wire mesh strainer.
  •  Fill a glass with ice. Mix 4 ounces of limeade with 1.5 ounces of rum. Pour over the ice and top with a lime wedge.
Lime, limeade, brazilian, rum
Notice the slivers of lime rind still visible in the blended drink.

If you’re looking for more refreshing cocktails, try my Thai Basil and Orange Refresher and Super Citrus Frozen Paloma.

Interested in this cocktail’s history?

I thought this article was fascinating. I love to learn about a recipe’s origins.

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