I first imbibed this drink at our local churrasco joint. It was like falling into delicious, sweet, tart love. I knew the main ingredient had to be sweetened condensed milk (which might save civilization if we let it) and some sort of citrus.
What I didn't know, until my friend Miggy spilled the beans, is that the process is as important as the ingredients.
So in honor of Miggy and her sweet new baby and for the arrival of summer heat....
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
20 ounces of water
A GOOD blender
Cut the limes in half, juice them a little into the blender, but not thoroughly, add the halved lime carcasses to the blender. You can quarter your limes if your blender is weak. Pour in the can of sweetened condensed milk (be careful not to cut your tongue if you attempt to lick the top of the tin.) Add about a large glass of water. The amount of water doesn't matter right now, just leave a couple inches of room in the blender for expansion. BLEND THAT SUCKER.
The whole thing, rinds and all, until as smooth as possible. See, the blender extracts all those lovely essential oils in the rind.
Pour the concoction through the strainer into the pitcher in a couple batches, pressing the pulp for maximum flavor. Discard the pulp as you go.
Add another 20 ounces of water, or so, to the pitcher. The mocktail should be like milky water, not thick. Taste it. Too strong? Add more water. Too sweet? Add more lime juice. Serve over ice.
And unlike other drinks or mocktails, when the ice melts, the Brazilian lemonade is even more refreshing.
Lime slice (duh)
Mint (if you have it)
Spearmint (if you have that but not mint)
NO GARNISH (because you live on the edge and need no such frippery)
Cream of coconut
Go, make, and fast!