The Olympic Games will take place between August 5 and 21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! For two weeks, athletes from 207 countries from around the world will be competing for a gold medal in 28 different sporting events.
And we will be cheering for our favorite team(s) with this super refreshing creamy pineapple coconut cocktail, known as a batida de abacaxi com coco in Portuguese… a winning drink typical of the host state of this year’s Summer Olympics.
Batida means “shaken” or “milkshake” and is a Brazilian cocktail made from a blend of one or more fruits of your choice, sweetened condensed milk, ice, and cachaça, Brazil’s national distilled spirit.
Our pineapple coconut cocktail incorporates frozen pineapple chunks, coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, cachaça, and ice… all blended smooth in a blender. Vodka can be used instead of cachaça, which has limited availability outside of Brazil. In fact, if you prefer cocktails on the lighter side, use vodka to replace that Brazilian alcoholic spirit.
Sipping this pineapple coconut cocktail is like drinking an adult tropical milkshake. It is fruity, creamy, smooth, sassy, and so delicious! Batidas are a staple in the bars of both Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, and they are available in many different flavors such as lemon, passion fruit, coconut, guava, mango, and pineapple. Many exotic fruit combinations are served too such as pineapple coconut.
Batida has not spread in Brazil to the same extent as other drinks like the caipirinha but it is appreciated enough to sometimes replace caipirinha when serving feijoada, a black bean and pork stew considered Brazil’s national dish.
One interesting thing is that the word batida also means a “crash,” and is the usual term to refer to a car crash. The drink can be quite amazing, but due to its alcoholic content must be ingested cautiously. It could make you crash on a bench or something worse. The word can also refer to a musical beat and the drink may get you shaking to its delicious tropical feel, too. 😉
If you plan on traveling to attend this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio, while you are there you can’t miss out on having this Rio de Janeiran (Carioca) special treat. And if you aren’t traveling to the Games, no worries! You can still raise your glass and celebrate your team with this happy pineapple coconut cocktail. Cheers!
Denise Browning is the Brazilian Culinary Expert for 196 flavors. An accomplished chef, you can also find her on her blog From Brazil to you. Learn more about Denise in the exclusive interview that she gave to 196 flavors.
Recipe of Batida de Abacaxi Com Coco
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Ingredients (for 2 cocktails)
- 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
½ cup canned coconut milk
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
¼ cup cachaça
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into ice-filled glasses and serve immediately.
NOTE: If you would like to, you can add 1/4 cup granulated sugar for more sweetness. It is very important for this pineapple coconut cocktail to be served immediately in order for it not to become bitter.