Batida is a Brazilian cocktail, and is one of several Brazilian cocktails that are made with the national alcoholic drink cachaça. In Portuguese batida means shaken or milkshake, and the word also means a crash, usually used when referring to a car crash. This beverage is made with cachaça, fruit juice (or coconut milk), and sugar. It is blended or shaken with ice. In Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, batidas are traditionally served with the Brazilian national dish, feijoada. The most common fruits used in a batida are lemons, passion fruits and coconuts. A variation is made by adding sweet condensed milk or sour cream. The drink can be made with vodka instead of cachaça (which has limited availability outside of Brazil). The batida has not spread from Brazil to the same extent as other drinks like the caipirinha.
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