Brazil doesn’t just have amazing food, there are also certain drinks that you shouldn’t miss out on trying! This is my list of the 5 best Brazilian drinks you can find in (in the South of) Brazil.
Caldo de cana
Sugarcane juice– it doesn’t sound very healthy but it actually is. And on top of that it is not only sweet but likewise refreshing.
The drink is made by crushing juice out of the fibers of the sugar cane which then goes through a strainer. The juice is known to be great for the immune system, containing high concentration of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and manganese, which also helps in preventing diseases like cancer.
Some people also swear by it for losing weight, clearing skin imperfections and lowering their cholesterol level.
If you get a chance to try Caldo de cana, go for it, I for one, absolutely love it (especially with a bit of lemon juice).
Guarana is mostly known as a stimulant and coffee replacement, but it also has other health benefits, can aid in weight loss and is even used as medicine.
Granted Guaraná Soda isn’t the most healthy version of the berries’ seeds, since it also contains high amounts of sugar but it tastes great and is one of the most popular soft drinks in Brazil. The taste is very fruity- a mix of apples and berries. Some people may even say that it tastes similar to bubblegum.
For a more healthy version, try Guaraná tea.
Cachaça & Caipirinha
Cachaça, made from fermented sugarcane juice, is probably my favorite spirit ever. I absolutely love Caipirinhas. While in Brazil, I made it my mission to try as many different versions of it as I possibly can. Mostly because Caipirinhas are not that easy to find in European bars. While it’s the most popular distilled alcoholic drink in Brazil, it has yet to catch on around here.
Traditionally, Caipirinha is made with just cachaça, lime, sugar and ice.
But obviously there are quite a few different versions such as coconut-, passion fruit-, caju- or strawberry Caipirinhas. Sometimes, you even find adaptations that include strange extras such as condensed milk.
Coconut water “coco verde”
Ah yes, how could you visit Brazil without trying coconut water fresh out of a coconut. Best served on a beach!
They are harvested while they are green and when you buy one, you get a small hole cut into it. Just the right size to fit a straw. Traditionally, holes where cut with a Machete, but it’s not see as often anymore.
Fresh coconuts are not only quite cheap but also really hydrating and have that hint of sweetness that just makes it to the perfect beverage on a hot day.
In some places you can even get your coconut opened up once you finished the juice. That way you also get to spoon out the coconut jelly, that’s produced by the fermentation of the coconut water inside.
If I could, I would have taken a suitcase full of coconuts home with me. In my opinion most bottled coconut drinks just can’t compare with the real deal.
Brazil is the world largest coffee producer. So you can count on finding some of the best coffee varieties there. Arabica and Robusta are some of the most popular ones in Europe and especially Italian coffee lovers swear by Brazilian coffee. I do love Lattes and Cappuccinos but in Brazil you drink coffee in a more simple way. Coffee is usually served strong, black and with (a lot of) sugar. The quality of coffee varies a great deal depending on where you order it. What makes a really good Brazilian coffee is a high caffeine content paired with a low acid content and a strong aroma.
If you want the real taste of Brazil, try a coffee at a local Padaria (Bakery).