The Batida Cocktail

Batida Cocktail - Popular Brazilian Cachaca Drink - Passionfruit smoothie
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
174 Calories
3g Fat
37g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 174
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 52mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

You've heard of the caipirinha, but have you tasted Brazil's other signature cocktail? It's time to introduce yourself to the delicious batida (ba-chee-dah). This is a popular drink in Brazil that is most often made with cachaca, fruit, milk, and sugar. Batidas can be blended or shaken then served over crushed ice.

Passion fruit is one of the most popular batida flavors; in Portuguese it is called batida de maracuja. This recipe from Novo Fogo Cachaca is a fantastic introduction to the delicious taste of the batida and it is very easy to make.

This batida recipe is simple. It pairs Novo Fogo's cachaças (the Silver or Chameleon are recommended) with passion fruit syrup so there's no need to wait for passion fruit season or mess around with the fruit's pulp. It is a drink you can enjoy year-round and the coconut milk sets it off in smoothie-cream perfection.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces cachaça

  • 1 ounce passion fruit syrup

  • 1/2 ounce coconut milk

  • 1/2 ounce lime juice

  • 1/2 cup ice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a blender, add the cachaça, passion fruit syrup, coconut milk, lime juice, and ice.

  3. Blend until smooth.

  4. Pour into a chilled glass.

  5. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Variations

  • To create the shaken version of a batida: Add the cachaça, coconut milk, lime juice, and syrup to a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Shake well and pour everything into a glass to serve.
  • When blending a batida, feel free to add fresh tropical fruits to the mix. Mango, pineapple, and papaya are just a few options. Be sure to remove the skins or peels and cut the fruit into easy-to-blend chunks first.
  • Either batida can be flavored with various syrups, juices, and liqueurs. Again, tropical flavors are preferred, so think of ingredients like pineapple juice, mango or pomegranate liqueurs, or guava nectar.

What Makes Novo Fogo Special?

There are many things to enjoy about Novo Fogo, but let's begin with the details about its production. The distillery's estate is in southern Brazil. It borders mountains and rainforests and they are very particular about their impact on the fragile environment around them. The Novo Fogo distillery is zero-waste and gravity-fed. The bottles are recycled as well.

Like all cachaças, Novo Fogo is produced from fresh sugarcane rather than the molasses used to make most rum. In fact, this one's so fresh that it is pressed within two hours of cutting in the fields. After juicing, the stalks are dried and burned as fuel to operate the distillation process.

The cachaça is also certified organic by the USDA. Drinkers with special diets will be delighted to know that Novo Fogo is gluten-free and vegan as well.

Time and time again a liquor brand can tout a bunch of good practices, only to fall flat when it comes to the actual taste. Happily, Novo Fogo is not one that will let you down. These hand-crafted, small-batch cachaças are spectacular. They can quickly become a new favorite and the portfolio is so diverse that it's hard to get bored with this brand.

The Novo Fogo Cachaça Portfolio

The wood used to age these cachaças is the most interesting part. This cachaça brand is doing some serious experimentation with their barrels and it is a very fun portfolio to sip your way through. While these bottles are most adept to cocktails, if you're looking to further your exploration of the portfolio, the Barrel Select limited edition bottles are worth checking out as well because each release is a unique experience.

  • Silver Cachaça: The brand's flagship expression, Silver is similar to the cachaça that most drinkers know. This is the cachaça you'll want for your fresh fruit caipirinhas and has an aroma marked with bananas. Sweet citrus and floral notes are on the palate with an exceptionally smooth with a clean finish. Rested for 1 year in "chemically-inert stainless steel" the cachaça is bottled at 40 percent ABV (80 proof).
  • Chameleon Cachaça: Chameleon is a cachaça expression that is aged for one year in used American oak barrels. That should bring out a bit of the spice that is noticeable in the older bottlings while retaining the clean cachaça mixability of the unaged spirit. It may even be a better choice for some cocktails and is supposed to be excellent in aperitifs. It is bottled at 43 percent ABV (86 proof).
  • Barrel-Aged Cachaça: Banana is the signature taste in most of Novo Fogo's cachaças. In the Barrel-Aged bottling, that aspect takes on the characteristic of fresh-baked banana bread. You can sip or mix this cachaça, it should be fantastic either way. It is aged for two to three years in American oak barrels that have been cleaned up and re-toasted, then bottled at 40 percent ABV (80 proof).
  • Tanager Cachaça: Zebrawood is the intriguing element of this cachaça. This is one of the few cachaças available in the U.S. that is aged in two types of wood—oak and arariba (zebrawood) barrels—and the results are impressive. Surprisingly, it makes a spectacular Sazerac when used as a substitute for rye whiskey. Mix or sip it straight, you'll find this to be a new cachaça experience. It offers the taste of sweet tropical fruits mixed with earthy tones in the nose. The palate has a sweetened spice and cinnamon notes with more fruits. Finishes quick and clean with a great snap of spice right at the end. This expression is bottled at 42 percent ABV (84 proof).

How Strong Is a Batida?

When made with Novo Fogo's Silver Cachaca, the frozen batida is delightfully light. It should blend up to 13 percent ABV (26 proof). The shaken version is just slightly stronger at 17 percent ABV (34 proof). That's the same alcohol content as a glass of wine, only this drink is far more delicious and tempting!