Limonada de Coco (C.1700s, Colombia)


Freshly squeezed lime juice, ice, and coconut milk make for a delightfully refreshing Caribbean drink.

This recipe originates in Cartagena, Colombia, on the Caribbean coast, some time in the 1700s.

The coconut and lime, natively Indian produce, arrived in Colombia through Spanish trade in the 1600s, and condensed milk became popular throughout South America in the 1700s, mostly as a way to make dulce de leche.

For more reading, see this link [in Spanish].


Juice of 3-4 limes
3-4 tbsp white sugar
1 can of coconut milk
500ml ice
1 tsp nutmeg (optional)

  1. Freshly squeeze your limes. Use around 3 large limes, or 4 if they're smaller. Pour into a food processor.
  2. To that, add sugar, coconut milk, and finish with the ice. Blend well until the ice has all broken up. Taste to make sure it's not too sour from the lime, or too sweet from the sugar. 
  3. Once a nice, frothy consistency, serve and garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg on top. Other traditional garnishes include desiccated coconut or mint leaves.

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