Refreshing Rio: Best Drinks on Copacabana Beach
Sunbathing and surfing all day long can be thirsty work! Thankfully, there are a number of drinks vendors on the beaches in Rio de Janeiro, namely Copacabana Beach, the most popular amongst tourists. To help you understand what each one is trying to sell, we’ve listed five of the best and most common drinks on Copacabana beach.
1. Açaí: thick, sweet and juicy
Acai is berry-like superfruit which is rich in antioxidants and extremely popular all over Brazil, where it is mixed with guarana and blended into a smoothie. The end product is so thick that it has to be consumed it using a spoon, and you can add toppings, such as coconut flakes, wheat and granola. A refreshing and healthy option for drinks on Copacabana beach!
2. Ice cold chopp
A chopp, i.e. draught beer, is the perfect alcoholic refreshment. It has to be served “estupidamente fria” (stupidly cold) on the beaches, otherwise it’s not deemed acceptable. What better way to enjoy a drink Rio’s beautiful beaches?
3. Água de coco
Água de coco (coconut water) is not only tasty and refreshing, but extremely healthy too. As a natural source of potassium, calcium and sodium with zero fat, it’s not surprising that it’s been the most popular hydrating drink amongst cariocas for such a long time, and one of the staple drinks on Copacabana beach.
4. Caipirinha: Brazil’s national drink
Caiprinhas are the delicious fruity cocktails that you’ll find people drinking at all hours of night and day in Rio. Made using lime, sugar and cachaça, this is the ultimate way to treat yourself on the beach. There are plenty of alternatives, such as ‘Capivodka’ which replaces cachaça with vodka and can be made using native Brazilian fruits instead of lemon.
5. Mate tea
There are numerous vendors who stroll along Copacabana Beach with two large circular containers: one is filled with mate, a caffeinated infusion made from the leaves of the native yerba mate plant, the other with lemon juice. You can’t miss them as they are repeatedly shouting the words “Ohla o mate!” to alert people of their presence.
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By: Milly Day