I have always had a soft spot for fun family drinks. Growing up, on hot summer nights we would come up with fun ways to mix different fruits and juices. Brazilian Strawberry Limeade came about when we were living in Memphis, Tennessee.
If you have ever been to Memphis in July, you know that IT. IS. SO. HOT. Maybe pick another month to visit! BUT, on one of those hot, draining days, my husband and I decided to get creative in the kitchen. We were after a way to create a cool, refreshing drink using limes and frozen strawberries. We'd had traditional Brazilian Limeades before, but were exciting to put a new spin on the idea.
What I love most about adding frozen strawberries to the Brazilian Strawberry Limeade is the thicker consistency of the drink. It really feels like a refreshing, ice cold drink. Another thing that's great about the frozen strawberries is their ready availability. Unlike fresh strawberries, which of course are delicious, a bag of frozen strawberries can keep in the freezer for several months and be ready when needed.
Making Brazilian Strawberry Limeade
The first step in creating this amazing drink is washing your limes with dish or hand soap and water. You're going to be blending the entire lime in the blender, so you don't want any waxy feel or worse, anything else that may be secretly traveling on your limes.
By blending the limes, you are making sure you get all that amazing lime taste. I like to use my Ninja Blender. It does an amazing job with any blending, but particularly with blending whole limes!
After you blend the limes and water, strain the rind with a small wire strainer making sure the liquid goes into a clean container. I like to use a glass measuring cup. Make sure it's big enough for all the liquid! Put the strained lime juice back into the blender and throw away the rind left in the strainer. Add in the frozen strawberries, sugar, ice and sweetened condensed milk. Blend and enjoy immediately!
This will definitely be a crowd pleaser so you will want to make a double batch or more when serving more than 3-4 people.Print