Brazil – the name immediately triggers various associations: Sugar Loaf Mountain, vast beaches, Cristo Redentor, Samba dancing girls, football and of course the national drink Caipirinha. There are only a few people out there who never have tried a Caipirinha in their lifes. So its no big wonder that the “little sister” of the Caipirinha is not really well-known outside of the country. Too bad! It is a really great cocktail if made properly. And it also trades under the label “national drink of Brazil”.
Although it’s widely unknown outside of Brazil (at least it is in Germany) it has everything to offer one would expect from a national cocktail of that country: exotic, “sunny” flavors, sweetness, fruitiness, the national spirit Cachaça… in short: liquid joie de vivre.
The first time I had a Batida de Maracuja it was way too sweet, what actually seems to be the main part you can make wrong when preparing this drink. So for quite a long time I’ve not tried it again. The recipe used here is derived from “Cocktailian – Das Handbuch der Bar” and it definitely hits the spot in terms of balancing the sweetness with the fruitiness of the passion fruit while simultaneously not completely drowning out the Cachaça.
6 cl Cachaça
Pulp of 2 passion fruits
2 cl Passion Fruit juice (the sugared juice drink)
2-3 Bar spoons of white sugar
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously for abput 15 seconds. Pour the complete content unstrained and with the ice into your glass.
Buying Sources: You can find basic Cachaca as well as passion fruit juice in most supermarkets and liqueur shops. To buy fresh passion fruits you have to visit a really well-sorted supermarket or the fruit market in your city.