Sweetened Condensed Milk is a delicious guilty pleasure and it’s nice to have an excuse to crack open a tin so you can dip a finger in let the guilt flood over you.
The Brazilians have a penchant for the sticky goodness too and they use it to great effect to pair up with their national spirit known as Cachaca. The Batida is a close second in Brazil’s most famous drinks, second only to the Caipirinha, the cousin to the vodka based Caipirioska.
There are no hard and fast rules for making a Batida, save to say you need Cachaca, sweetened condensed milk and some fresh fruit. Cachaca is in many ways like rum, made slightly differently and very rarely aged. At a stretch, you could use a white rum to supplant into the drink, but cachaca is pretty mainstream these days and not overly expensive.
If you manage to have any condensed milk left and haven’t plowed into your face try this spin on the Brazilian classic next time you’re in a summery mood. Remember there are no real rules, so any sweeter fruits can be substituted in here, let your imagination run wild.
20mls Sweetened condensed milk
20mls pineapple juice or 10 big chunks of pineapple
1 cup of crushed or cracked ice