Buoy Brazilian Limeade

Pockets.  Sato San wanted me to make pockets. Now this may sound easy.  I’m sure for some people it is.  I do not belong to the order of the seamstresses.  It took months to get the right needle, correct thread, not to mention right tension for sewing canvas.

DSCN9554 300x225 Buoy Brazilian LimeadeDid I fail to mention these were heavy-duty canvas pockets?  That’s right, the canvas our wonderful friend “the Dude,” no not Jeff Bridges, this Dude has never seen the Big Lebowski.  He’s a canvas-sewing master in Syracuse, gave us was made for boat-covers.  Not exactly the easiest thing to sew with an every-day sewing machine.  Did I mention I don’t really sew to begin with.  Well, like everything else I jumped in head first and went head to head with my arch-nemesis… the sewing machine.

I can cook sure, but sewing.  There’s a steep learning curve.  “The Dude” had made it look easy.  Of course he also had a heavy-duty machine not to mention an attachment for bias tape.

DSCN9553 300x225 Buoy Brazilian LimeadeDon’t get me started on bias tape the damn stuff you sew borders with.  I’m pretty sure this machine has a special attachment that sucks all the energy out of the user.  By the end of the first day I felt like an empty shell and the resulting “pockets” were nothing to write home about.  Functional sure, but pretty? Not so much.

I’m stubborn though.  I’d been given a mission to make pockets.  Master that damn sewing machine and make pockets is what I would do.  I just needed a drink to make it through.

La Parilla, a Brazilian fusion restaurant in my hometown of Lawrence, has an amazing drink called Brazilian Lemonade.  I have never seen it anywhere else but as a university student I loved it.  We had a lot of limes on the boat that needed to be used up before they went off.  I adore limeade.  Not the sickly-sweet stuff you buy but real homemade limeade that is more juice than water or sugar.  As good as limeade would have been I wanted to try and create a Brazilian limeade.

This drink was everything I hoped it would be and more.  It lasts for ages in the refrigerator and is perfect to pull out on a hot day.  You can also add more water to the mixture to stretch it further, or just load it up with ice (if you’re lucky enough to have that on board.  But my favorite thing is to mix it with rum and make what I’ve started calling a “Brazilian Bikini.”  It is a new favorite cocktail of mine.

I would love to hear what you think!

Brazillian Limeade


  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 ¼ c lime juice (juice from about 8 limes)
  • ¾ c sugar
  • 4 c water


Mix all ingredients together thoroughly making sure that all of the sugar dissolves.  If you have a blender you may be able to mix it more thoroughly but I found shaking it every time worked splendidly

My new favorite cocktail: 

the Brazilian Bikini

  • 1 recipe Brazilian Limeade
  • Ice
  • Rum to taste
  • Lime wedge for garnish
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1 Comment on Buoy Brazilian Limeade

  1. Ali
    March 14, 2014 at 2:23 pm (3 years ago)

    Yum! I will definitely make this soon!

    (FYI the three fields at the top of the comment form aren’t labeled so I’m not sure this will work…)


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