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I will be celebrating the 4th of July with a summery, refreshing Brazilian drink: Batida de Coco Light or "Shaken Coconut" cocktail! This is my way to say: Happy Birthday, dear America!!!
And the recipe is from a festive book to whose signing event I was recently invited and had the opportunity to attend in San Antonio, Texas. We got a chance to meet the authors, sip their fantastic sangria, and sample delicious Mexican food at La Paloma Mexican Restaurant.
Two award-winning Latin fellow bloggers, Vianney from Sweet Life and Yvette from Muy Bueno Cookbook, co-author the book Latin Twist: Traditional and Modern Cocktails... A book with 97 delicious cocktail recipes from 18 Latin American countries and Spain. The book goes into the history of each country's special ingredients, wines, and liquors with gorgeous photography by professional photographer Jeanine Thurston.
Latin Twist is a book that celebrates Latin cultures, dedicated to those who enjoy drinking and entertaining. It's a book for both formal and casual celebrations at all seasons -- featuring from the summery, refreshing batida de coco and coco loco to the wintery, warm zucarrapote. In my opinion, Latin Twist screams FIESTA... and with a lot of SABOR!
One of the chapters is dedicated to cocktails of Brazil, among which the recipe for batida de coco is included. Because the authors' recipe is made with fresh coconut water instead of the traditional coconut milk (and optionally sweetened condensed milk), I call it batida de coco light. Theirs is the modern and much healthier and refreshing version of the traditional Brazilian batida de coco.
Whenever celebrating a special occasion, throwing a barbecue in your backyard, getting together with family and friends, or simply intending to bring vacation to your kitchen, Latin Twist is the book for you! It's available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Nobles, and other book sites.
Wishing y'all a very Happy 4th of July sipping this batida de coco light!
P.S.: CREDIT & THANKS -- Batida de Coco image by photographer Jeanine Thurston. Book signing images by photographer Alejandro Montoya. A special thanks to Vianney and Yvette for the delicioso cocktail book and invitation. I am so happy for you two! Thanks also to Hippocrene Books, Inc. for authorizing the feature of the batida de coco image.
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Batida de Coco (Light)
- 1 cup fresh coconut water
- 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 ounces cachaça or vodka
- Shredded coconut for garnish
- "Blend together coconut water, sugar, and cachaça in a blender. Serve over ice and garnish with shredded coconut."
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