With its year-round supply of fresh fruits and Latin culture, Miami boasts batidos
that range anywhere from tropical and classic to daring and artistic.
A milkshake, usually made with tropical fruits mixed with milk and ice, batidos
originated in Latin America, with almost every country creating its own take. Popular flavors include fresa
(strawberry), chocolate, and malteada
(malted milk). In Miami, batidos
have come a long way with places concocting new flavor combinations like Key lime pie and strawberry banana, and some been elevated to full dessert status with restaurants adding sweet treats on top of them.
With another Miami summer on the way, now is a great time to cool off with these five best batidos
5. El Palacio De Los Jugos
El Palacio De Los Jugos is popular among locals thanks to its authentic batidos
and natural juices. Choices include classic mamey
but opt for the mango ($2). It's equal parts crisp and sweet and made with fresh, locally sourced fruit. El Palacio De Los Jugos also leans light on the sugar, allowing the fruit to shine through.
4. Los Piñaneros Fruteria
At Calle Ocho's
Los Piñaneros, an open fruit market that boasts a variety of food and drinks, try the mamey batido
($3). The shake has notes of brown sugar, honey, and pumpkin — all thanks to the fresh mamey used in the drink. If you want to recreate it at home, the market sells the fruit right there. Just bring cash because this old school establishment doesn't accept credit cards.