Monday, 11 June 2012

Brazilian Limeade



Hello Summer! Nothing welcomes summer like an ice cold, refreshing beverage does such as this Brazilian Limeade. This drink is simply incredible! I got inspiration for this drink from a Brazilian "Lemonade" recipe I've been making for a few years that came from Sunset Magazine. Yes, indeed that recipe was good, but I always felt like it could use something more. So, here is my version of Brazilian Limeade and why would I call it Brazilian Limeade you may ask? Because the ingredients it uses are Brazilian colors of course =). It also uses the flavors of Brazil.
Send yourself on a mini vacation by lounging out in the sunshine and enjoying a tall glass of this amazingly refreshing Brazilian Lemonade. It may just become a new summertime favorite!
Feel free to adjust this drink to suite your personal taste. Add more or less sugar to reach desired sweetness (1/2 cup was perfect for me). You could even add more lime juice if you want it a bit more tart. I think one of these times I'm going to have to add a few tablespoons of cream because how can I resist =). Enjoy!



Brazilian Limeade
Yields about 3-4 servings
Ingredients:
5 cups cold water, divided
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large overripe banana, peeled (peel should be speckled, not too overripe)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Zest of 3 limes
1/2 tsp coconut extract

Directions:
Combine 4 cups cold water (if your blender fits 5 cups well enough then you can add all 5 at this point), coconut milk, sugar, banana, lime juice, lime zest and coconut extract in a blender. Cover with lid and blend on low speed for one minute. Pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher, then using a rubber spatula press and rub lime zest back and forth against strainer to release oils from the zest into pitcher. Pour in remaining 1 cup cold water and stir. Serve over ice. Store in refrigerator and stir each time before serving.

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