Batida is the Portuguese - Brazilian name for a group of alcoholic cocktails . The word is derived from the Portuguese “bater” (to strike). A batida always consists of cachaça (white sugar cane schnapps ), fruit juice or pulp, cane sugar and usually some water. Ice-cold, it serves as an aperitif , usually offered in large carafes in the entrance area of a restaurant .
Variants that are more common are
- Batida de Côco - made with coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk
- Batida de Maracujá - with passion fruit juice
- Batida de Limão - with lemon, also called Batida Paulista after the city of São Paulo , the fruitless prototype of the caipirinha , which is better known in Europe
- Batida de Mel - with lime juice and honey
- Batida de Manga - with pureed mango
- Batida de Cajú - with the slightly woody tasting fruit of the cashew
The mixture of pure, very strong cachaça, especially the Batida de Limão , was once known as Vacina de Pobre - vaccine for the poor.