This three ingredient Passion Fruit Cocktail with Vodka is as sweet as a summer day and as fun as a vacation. Called Batida de Maracuja in Portuguese, this passion fruit drink recipe is easy to make and ready in seconds! Great for a lazy day, movie night and any at-home get together! The recipe makes 4 drinks, and is easily doubled (or tripled) for a party.
Love passion fruit? Try Caipirinha de Maracuja – Brazilian Passion Fruit Cocktail, and Passion Fruit Mousse!
Make sure to watch the video to see how simple this passion fruit cocktail is to make!
Batida – An Iconic Brazilian Cocktail
Ahhh the Batida… this iconic Brazilian cocktail is probably the first alcoholic drink I ever had as a teenager.
Back in my day, they made a mandatory appearance at “formal” parties like weddings and festas de 15 anos quinceañera parties. Nowadays, you’ll mostly find them in botecos, bars and restaurants all over Brazil.
If you find yourself in Rio, go check out Bar do Oswaldo! They’ve been known for their batidas since 1946 (and if you’re Brazilian, you’d be excited to know Chacrinha was a regular there!)
It’s a great place full of incredible food and a long list of batida flavors to try! I highly recommend you check them out.
The best thing about batidas is also how easy they are to make at home, and because they’re typically made with less than a handful of ingredients, they’re relatively cheap to make, too.
As a bonus, they can easily be made really strong, but because of the high sugar content, they’re dangerously easy to drink. There… you’ve been warned!
Cheap, strong, delicious… that just sounds like a fantastic recipe for an epic pre-party or any type of at-home get togethers!
What is a batida?
The batida is a classic Brazilian cocktail traditionally made with cachaça or vodka, fruit juice and, you guessed it, lots of sugar (or condensed milk).
Batida, which means beaten, gets this name because it’s “beaten” in a blender to get its iconic creamy texture.
Batidas are thick and sweet, like a dessert, which makes them dangerously drinkable.
They also come in different flavors and colors. You’ll find more unique batidas made with things like peanuts, coffee, or bonbons.
But the classics are made with fruit juice. We’re talking every fruit known to mankind… from strawberries to peaches.
And if you’re a regular reader here you (hopefully) already know my Batida de Coco – Brazilian Coconut Cocktail. It’s one of the top recipes on the site!!
So, let’s make a Passion Fruit Batida now!
Here are the Ingredients and Tools you’ll need
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- Seedless Passion Fruit Pulp: thawed frozen passion fruit pulp is what I use and prefer here in the US. Fresh passion fruit runs really expensive and we’d need about 9 or 10 small purple ones to make this recipe. That said, if you’ve been blessed to live in a place with affordable access to passion fruit, you can totally extract fresh pulp to use in this recipe (and just so you know, I show how to juice passion fruit in this post). You could use unsweetened passion fruit juice if you cannot find fresh pulp, though this will be a bit thinner than the concentrated pulp (because it tends to have water) and could change the flavor and texture of your drink.
- Vodka: use your favorite brand. You could also use passion fruit vodka if you’re feeling fancy, though that’s not necessary and it’s not something I’ve tried before. You may also use cachaça, the Brazilian sugar cane liquor, if you’ve got it on hand because it is the traditional liquor of the batida!
- Sweetened Condensed Milk: this adds creaminess and also sweetness to our cocktail.
In addition to these three ingredients, you’re just going to need a blender to make this passion fruit batida.
How to make this Blended Passion Fruit Drink:
Add the ice, the sweetened condensed milk, the passion fruit pulp and the vodka to the blender, and buzz, buzz, buzz you’r’e done!
Now, here are some notes:
- Start with a cup of the booze, then give it a taste. If you feel like it needs more, splash some more in there and blend again.
- This passion fruit drink is thick, but you can thin it out with more ice, a splash of water (or more booze) if you’d like. You do you!
- Fill your glasses with lots of ice, they’ll help balance the cocktail as they melt into the drink.
Other than that, just garnish with mint leaves, and enjoy!
Ah, and drink slowly, otherwise this sweet, very drinkable cocktail will sneak up on you and knock you down!
How to make this cocktail in advance:
Follow the instructions and simply blend it. Then transfer it to a mason jar (or another airtight storage container) and pop in the fridge.
When you’re ready to serve, just shake or mix well because the water from the ice we use to blend separates. Serve over ice and enjoy!
What to serve with this passion fruit drink:
This Passion Fruit Cocktail with Vodka is perfect to serve with you favorite churrasco lunch. It’s the best kind of sipper for an outdoor gathering because it’s so summery, fruity, sweet and delicious.
Here are a few of my favorite dishes that it would pair perfectly with:
- Picanha Recipe – Brazilian Coulotte Steaks
- Brazilian Rice Recipe
- Farofa | Toasted Cassava Flour
- Molho a Campanha – Brazilian Salsa Vinaigrette
- Yuca Fries
You could even serve this vodka cocktail with a Creamy Black Bean Soup, too! It’s a classic Brazilian boteco combination!
Frequently Asked Questions
Passion fruit mixes with so many flavors! I love the addition of the creamy sweetened condensed milk in this creamy vodka cocktail.
You cut passion fruit around the equator and then you can remove the pulp from the fruit before using in this cocktail. I show this process in more detail in this post about juicing passion fruit.
Other tropical cocktails you’ll love:
- Classic Caipirinha
- Batida de Coco – Brazilian Coconut Cocktail
- Caipirinha de Maracuja – Brazilian Passion Fruit Cocktail
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Batida de Maracuja – Passion Fruit Cocktail with Vodka
- 1/2 cup of ice plus more for serving
- 1 14 oz. can of sweet condensed milk
- 12 oz of seedless passion fruit pulp thawed, if frozen
- 1 cup of vodka (or cachaça) 1.5 if you like stronger drinks
- Add 1/2 cup of ice, the condensed milk, the passion fruit pulp, and the vodka to a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Serve over ice.
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