"Batida" is Portuguese for "beaten", as in whipped, and this style of tropical frozen drink hails from the steamy climes of Brazil. Sweetened with condensed milk, they're a slightly creamy, tropical delight that begs for a little paper umbrella and a Shakira sing-along. Traditionally, batidas are made with the Brazilian style of rum called cachaca (pronounced "ka-SHA-sa"), but feel free to use white rum if you prefer, and any kind of tropical fruit your heart desires.
1 cup fresh passionfruit pulp
1 cup cachaca or white rum
¼ cup sweetened, condensed milk
1 cup pineapple or orange juice
1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
2. Fill with ice and blend on high until smooth.
3. Serve immediately and garnish with fresh fruit and silly tropical things.
TIP: For fruits with high natural acid, such as kiwis, strawberries and pineapple, this recipe is perfect. For sweeter fruits such as peaches and mangoes, add 10 millilitres or so per serve of fresh lime juice to balance it.