9 Brazilian Drinks You Should Try At Least Once

Caldo de Cana

Freshly pressed sugar cane juice, a quintessential Brazilian drink, offers a refreshing burst of sweetness with a hint of grassiness. Enjoyed ice-cold, it's a perfect accompaniment to savory pastels or fried dough pockets.


Brazil's signature liquor, distilled from sugar-fermented juice, has a delicately sweet and slightly grassy flavor. Once associated with lower classes, cachaça has seen a resurgence, with luxury brands emerging and finding popularity worldwide.


A traditional Brazilian hot cocktail enjoyed during winter months, quentão features cachaça, wine, fruits, and spices like ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and orange. Perfect for warming up during Festa Juninas festivities.


Named after the Amazonian fruit, guaraná soda is a popular beverage in Brazil, with a fruity, slightly sour flavor and a touch of bitterness. Its extract, known for its caffeine content, is used in energy drinks and may offer health benefits.


Brazil's national cocktail, made with cachaça, muddled limes, and sugar, offers a perfect balance of sweetness, acidity, and alcoholic bite. Variations include fruit flavors like pineapple, strawberry, and passion fruit.


A devilishly sweet frozen cocktail made with cachaça, condensed milk, guaraná syrup or powder, ice, and cinnamon. Popularized in Bahia during the 1980s and '90s, it's a favorite on Brazilian beaches.


A non-alcoholic beverage made from cashew fruit, cajuína boasts a sweet, acidic tropical flavor. Popular in Brazil's northeast region, it's naturally rich in sugar and electrolytes, making it a refreshing choice.

Mate Gelado

A refreshing iced tea made with yerba mate, mate gelado offers a slightly bitter flavor with a caffeine boost. Popular on Rio de Janeiro's beaches, it's often sweetened with sugar and flavored with lemon or passion fruit.


A traditional homemade beverage, aluá can be made with fermented pineapple rinds or soaked and blended corn kernels. Slightly alcoholic with funky flavors, it's often enjoyed during Festa Juninas festivals in June.