fact friday rio: coconut water

Fresh coconut water is delicious.

wait, that’s not a fact.

Fresh coconut water is sold by the beaches in Rio and it’s really good for you.

that’s better.

I went to Rio for a weekend in March-ish of 2008, and one of my strongest memories of the trip is fresh coconut water.

coconut water rio de janeiro
Photo credit: Elisha Clark or Lennart de Lange

It was so hydrating, so tasty, so fresh.

coconut water rio de janeiro
yes please, thank you

Coconut water has a plethora of health benefits, including hangover prevention and libido boosting properties. (Is this why Brazilians want to live forever?)

My Rio comrades and I drank it several times a day.

me drinking coconut water (with a very different hairstyle)

I miss it dearly now that I think about it.

coconut water Rio de Janeiro
so delicious

I miss it so much that I may or may not have purchased young coconut water at my amazing local farmer’s market.

coconut water Your Dekalb Farmers Market

I wish I had seen this video before I bought the juiced version, because cutting open the full coconut at home is much cheaper than paying for juice plus labor.

Plus I would have felt more accomplished.

Next time.

I know this is a budgeting blog, but I definitely just returned from drinking two delectable cocktails from delectable-cocktail-capital of Decatur, Leon’s.

Now I want this cocktail, the coco version of Brazil’s national cocktail. (P.S. Do we even have a national cocktail? I think the answer is no.)

After cocktails, I owe you a half-way update on how much money I’ve saved. (Those numbers may explain why I drank two cocktails tonight instead of one.)

But for now, do you have any coconut water recipes? (I did pursue one, and the outcome was delicious, and I may tell you about it, but I’d love more ideas!)


3 responses to “fact friday rio: coconut water”

  1. If you are a whiskey drinker, and you find yourself in Brazil, get ready to drink your whiskey with coconut water as a mixer! The plus– you will be preventing next morning’s hangover as you drink!

    My personal favorite drink, using coconut milk and condensed milk (as well as lots of fresh lime juice and cachaça) is called a Nevada. The sweet and sour deliciousness is incomparable (see a recipe version below).

    I’ll add here that Brazilians claim their country is actually six countries in one due to the vast regional differences. So, to rep (or rap) for the Northeast region I’ve included the link for Pitu, which people here in the NE drink religiously (and at 2 USD a bottle, sometimes dangerously).

    Nevada: http://tudogostoso.uol.com.br/receita/761-nevada.html
    Pitu: http://www.pitu70anos.com.br/
    Dangers of cachaça: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XH__FvLsTPE

    • wow, cara, what awesome info! I obviously need to have a Brazilian cocktail party to celebrate saving before I leave and to build tolerance for your bday celebration time!! (which needs to be the entire week, if not the entire month). I do not want to end up like hombre in the last video, but if I do, please do film it and post on YouTube. 😉 Also, muito obrigado for the links in Portuguese–I’m definitely trying to learn some before I come!

  2. What about as an ingredient in amazing cherry frozen yogurt, or am I jumping the gun? Taking a cue from you I put some coconut milk with strawberries and honey in homemade popsicles. Amazing.

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