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Brazilian Coconut Cocktail (Batida de Coco)

Brazilian coconut cocktail with straw, mini umbrella, and lime wedges

Coconut features heavily in much of traditional Brazilian cuisine. This is especially true in the north and northeastern regions of the country, which account for more than 80 percent of the country’s entire crop. You can find coconut milk enriching soups and stews, added to desserts, and of course, blended into drinks. Today’s recipe is a refreshing coconut cocktail called a batida de coco. Creamy, frothy, and incredibly simple to make, we’re certain you’ll be adding this to your list of poolside cocktails. 

Shaken Drinks in Brazil

For many of us, fruity adult beverages mean blended beverages: pina coladas, blended margaritas, daiquiris, and even frozen wine cocktails are a favorite in America. But Brazilians tend to favor shaken and muddled drinks over blended ones. The word batida itself means “shaken” in Portuguese. 

While today’s coconut cocktail recipe does involve a blender, it is merely to incorporate the liquid ingredients and produce a frothy texture and appearance. The ice will remain separate. If you wish, however, you can blend the ice with the other ingredients to make a blended version. 

Cachaça Substitutes for Batida de Coco

Your Brazilian coconut cocktail wouldn’t truly be Brazilian without a key ingredient: cachaca. Cachaca is the national liquor of Brazil. It is strictly regulated and, like rum, can be produced in light or dark varieties. Unlike rum, however, cachaca is made from fresh sugarcane juice that has been fermented. Rum is also derived from sugar, but it is made from the by-products of boiling it (namely, molasses). 

Cachaca has become more popular outside of Brazil in the last few years, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding it at a larger liquor store. If you simply cannot find it, though, you can substitute a spiced rum or vodka. It may not be authentic, but you will still be getting a taste of Brazil with the coconut and condensed milk flavors. 

How to Choose Cachaca?

Again, cachaca is gaining in popularity, so you may be able to find several varieties at your local bottle shop. Cachaca may be consumed young or aged, light or dark. So what makes a good cachaca? In general, you want to look for small batch cachaca that has been pot distilled. Column distilled cachaca is mass produced and will lack depth of flavor. 

In terms of age, this will be your preference. Younger cachaca will retain some of the grassy, bright flavors of the sugarcane, while older varieties will incorporate the flavor of the wooden barrels in which they were aged. This can lend a smoky layer that you may or may not like. 

When it comes to a coconut cocktail, we tend to find that a semi-aged, small batch cachaca adds both a level of brightness and sophistication to an otherwise heavy drink. But again, you can customize this ingredient to suit your own palette.

Related: How to Make a Caipirinha

Coconut Cocktail Recipe from Brazil (Batada de Coco)

Makes eight 8 oz cocktails


8 oz cachaca, rum, or vodka
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups coconut water
20 oz of sweetened condensed milk (more or less to taste)
Ice cubes


  1. Fill a large pitcher with ice and pre-chill serving glasses in the freezer.
  2. Put all ingredients except for the ice in the belly of a blender. Blend or pulse until the mixture is frothy and uniform.
  3. Pour the mixture over the ice in the pitcher. If any of the ice has melted during blending, replace it with fresh ice.
  4. Fill the chilled glasses to the brim and garnish with fresh grated coconut and lime rounds. Enjoy responsibly! 

More Great Brazilian Drinks  to Try:

Pineapple Cocktail

blended red wine and pineapple cocktail from Brazil

Brazilian Red Wine Cocktail with Pineapple and Condensed Milk

Wine is not drunk often in Brazil. Rather, the national drink of choice is cachaca, a strong drink harvested from sugar cane juice with a flavor similar to rum. Brazilians like to drink it with a little sugar and lime, or in a cocktail known as a caipirinha. This is not to say that wine is unheard of in the country. But Brazilians are famous for having a sweet tooth, so the libation is generally preferred as part of a sweet cocktail rather than on its own. For example, red wine features in a pineapple cocktail that incorporates another favorite Brazilian ingredient: condensed milk

Brazilian Pineapple Cocktail vs Sangria

The name of this pineapple cocktail in Brazil is Espanhola, which translates literally to “Spanish.” This is likely due to the loose resemblance the drink bears to a very famous Spanish drink: sangria. Like sangria, Espanhola incorporates red wine and fruit. But that’s about all the two drinks have in common. 

Traditional sangria incorporates a variety of whole, sliced fruits (oranges, apples, lemons) and gets its sweetness from simple syrup and/or some kind of carbonated soda. By contrast, the Brazilian pineapple cocktail is sweetened with condensed milk and blends the fruit into the drink, resulting in a kind of red wine smoothie. It is served over ice cubes and drunk through a straw. Fresh pineapple or the peel often serves as a garnish. 

Red Wine to Use for Cocktails

You can use any wine you like for this recipe, so long as it is dry, not sweet. Trust us, this drink is sweet enough on its own without the addition of sweet wine. We prefer a nice rioja or chianti, but a dry cabernet or malbec works as well. 

Pineapple Cocktail Fruit Variations

The traditional Espanhola cocktail incorporates only pineapple, but you are welcome to do a little alchemy and experiment with various fruits. Pulpy fruits are best suited to blending, so you might first try things like strawberries, bananas, or even passionfruit. A combination could also be lovely. 

You also have the option of blending your drink with ice, or serving it over whole ice cubes (think of a blended margarita versus on the rocks). Again, the traditional drink uses whole ice cubes, but a fully blended version wouldn’t go amiss, especially on a hot summer day. 

Brazilian Pineapple and Red Wine Cocktail (Espanhola) 


1 bottle of dry red wine

1 can sweetened, condensed milk (14 oz)

2 cups pineapple slices or chunks (If using canned, make sure it is unsweetened)

2-3 cups ice


  1. Add wine, pineapple, and condensed milk to the pitcher of a blender. Blend on high until smooth and thickened.
  2. If you want to blend your pineapple cocktail with ice, add it to the blender ½ cup at a time and blend again on high until fully incorporated and you are happy with the consistency.
  3. If not blending, add the ice to four glasses and pour the blended red wine, condensed milk, and pineapple over it. 
  4. Garnish the glasses with a fresh pineapple slice. 


More Great Brazilian Recipes to Enjoy:


Brazilian Alexander Cocktail Recipe: Jaguar’s Milk

How to Make Leite de Onça for Festas Juninas

Brazilian jaguar's milk cocktail drinks on teal tabletop

In Brazil, the Festas Juninas are in full swing. Also known as the Festas de São João (in honor of St. John), these harvest celebrations are brimming with traditional costumes, dancing, music, food, and beverages. Brazilians show gratitude for the rural way of life and enjoy the fruits of the farmer’s labors. 

The festas are a kind of county fair, with each region having its own version and traditions. In general, corn dishes are extremely popular, since the festas coincide with the second national harvest of sweet corn. In addition, you will find traditional Brazilian vendor food, from insanely garnished Brazilian hot dogs to a comforting bowl of pamonha

When it comes to drinks during the festas, spiced cocktails are quite popular. Brazilian mulled wine is a favorite-a blend of red wine, warming spices, and orange peel. A similar (and much stronger) drink is made with cachaca (quentao de cachaca) in place of red wine and is also served hot. 

Cold Drink for Festas Juninas

Another favorite beverage served during the Festas is called Leite de Onça, which translates to “Milk of the Jaguar.” There are many theories as to the origin of the name of this cocktail. The milk aspect is obvious when you see the drink, which is a creamy off-white thanks to its primary ingredient (which is, in fact, condensed milk). 

The “jaguar” part of leite de onça is more mysterious, but it may exist as something of a warning that this is NOT your everyday glass of milk. It is quite potent, and its effects can sneak up on you if you’re not careful-not unlike a certain sleek feline predator stalking its prey. 

Like quentão de vinho and quentão de cachaça, jaguar’s milk is garnished with cinnamon. The spice gives the cold, creamy drink a flavor similar to egg nog, but with a chocolatey undertone (thanks to cocoa liqueur). 

Leite de Onça vs Alexander Cocktail

If you dabble in mixology, you will notice similarities between the Jaguar’s Milk drink and the classic Alexander Cocktail. Both use cream and chocolate liqueur or creme de cacao. However, the Jaguar’s milk version trades cognac for cachaca and adds the distinctly Brazilian touches of cinnamon and condensed milk

How to Make Brazilian Jaguar’s Milk (Leite de Onça)

Jaguar’s milk for Festas Juninas (or any occasion) is very simple to make. For one glass of leite de onça, you will need just five ingredients:

  • 1 oz Condensed milk
  • 1 oz Chocolate liqueur (such as Godiva)
  • 1 oz Cachaca
  • 1 oz heavy cream
  • Ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks for garnish

Put your condensed milk, creme de cacao/chocolate liqueur, cachaca, cream, and a good scoop of crushed ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake well and pour into a glass. Sprinkle a little ground cinnamon on top and garnish with a whole cinnamon stick. 

Jaguar’s Milk FAQs

Can You Blend Jaguar’s Milk?

Sure! It is traditionally shaken, but you could certainly put all your ingredients and some ice in a blender and make an icy version. 

What If I Don’t Have Cachaca?

The cachaca is essential in the traditional Leite de Onca. However, there is nothing wrong with substituting a little spiced rum if you cannot find the Brazilian spirit anywhere.

Is There a Dairy Free Version of a Brazilian Alexander?

Certainly. You can enjoy a dairy-free version of the leite de onça by omitting the heavy cream and substituting the condensed milk with coconut cream or milk. 

What Should You Eat with Jaguar’s Milk?

Leite de onça is a very rich and very sweet beverage. As such, it tends to pair better with lighter food options. Try it with a seasoned corn on the cob or a serving of bite-sized Brazilian cheese bread. Yuca fries are also delicious and healthier on the waistline than fried potatoes. 

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