Refreshing non-alcoholic drinks for tropical summers!
Coconut water is one of Brazil’s signature drinks and widely available in several Brazilian states. This natural drink is served and drunk straight from the source, the green coconut. The coconut is the fruit of the coconut palm and its liquid is rich in potassium and other nutrients, low in calories, fat free and excellent for rehydration. It’s great for the digestive system and metabolism, has diuretic properties and, most importantly, a delicious flavor.
Guaraná is derived from a bush in the Amazon and its fruit contains a high quantity of caffeine. The guaraná soft drink, made with the fruit’s syrup, is very popular in Brazil. In addition to the soft drink, various other drinks are also made on the basis of guaraná. Ice teas with guaraná are widely sold and a popular drink on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro.
Mate is a tea that can be drunk hot or cold. This straight forward tea is found in any supermarket. On the beaches in Rio de Janeiro it is sold ice cold and mixed with lime juice! It’s a delicious and refreshing drink, but don’t spill any on your skin as it will stain.