As a country set on a tropical island you would expect abundant refreshing traditional Dominican drink recipes, but there's a lot more on offer here.
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Tropical paradises are known for their abundance of fruits and the popularity of refreshing drinks, and the Dominican Republic is no exception, but we also have an unexpectedly-large variety of drinks to offer that don't necessarily fit within the fruity and "exotic" category.
Check out this complete guide to our most popular drink recipes, from hot drinks to tisanes, from fruit juices to alcoholic beverages, and more.
Dominican batidas (fruit milkshakes and smoothies)
Of course, we had to start with these. Batidas (batidos in some countries) are blended iced fruit drinks that are very popular in tropical countries, and ours is no exception.
Batidas are very popular Dominicans drinks. We drink them as an afternoon snack, in lieu of dinner, or --accompanied by a delicious cheese sandwich-- as a popular light meal.
Batida de Lechosa [+ Video] (Papaya Milkshake)
Batida de Zapote Recipe (Zapote Milkshake)
[Recipe] Batida de Níspero (Sapodilla Milkshake)
[Recipe] Batida de Granadillo (Giant Granadilla Milkshake)
Dominican vegetable and fruit juices
Fruit juices are a staple of tropical island countries, and ours is no exception. With our wealth of fruit varieties, the options are endless. Enjoy some of our favorite non-alcoholic drinks.
[Recipe] Jugo de Cereza (Acerola Juice)
Jugo de Remolacha y Naranja o Limón Recipe (Beet Juice)
[Recipe] Jugo de Zanahoria y Naranja (Carrot and Orange Juice)
Champola de Tamarindo Recipe (Dominican Tamarind Juice)
Ponche de Frutas Recipe (Fruit Punch)
Champola de Guanábana (Dominican Soursop Juice)
Pera-Piña [+ Video] (Pineapple and Rice Juice)
Dominican milk-based cold drinks
These are some of our most popular traditional Dominican drinks. They are very refreshing and nutritious, and a great choice for kids' snacks.
[Recipe + Video] Morir Soñando (Dominican Milk and Orange Juice)
[Recipe + Video] Jugo de Avena (Oats and Milk Drink)
Dominican hot drinks
While cold drinks are more popular in our country, for obvious reasons, we also enjoy warm drinks those days when the weather allows it, or as part of our breakfast or dinner.
Be aware that Dominicans use the word "chocolate" (both chocolate and cocoa in Spanish) to describe a number of cocoa-like hot drinks that may or may not contain chocolate.
[Recipe + Video] Avena Caliente (Oatmeal and Milk Hot Drink)
Chocolate de Agua [+ Video] (Non Dairy Cocoa)
Chocolate de Maíz Recipe (Roasted Corn 'Cocoa')
Chocolate de Maní [+ Video] (Dominican Peanut 'Cocoa')
[Recipe + Video] Ponche de Desayuno (Breakfast Eggnog)
[Recipe + Video] Chocolate con Leche Espeso (Creamy Spiced Hot Cocoa)
Dominican tisanes and teas
Teas and tisanes are an important part of the Dominican popular pharmacopeia, and even if they didn't have the properties they are purported to have, they still make lovely, warming beverages.
Tisana de Limón, Menta y Miel Recipe (Lime, Mint & Honey Tisane )
Té de Jengibre [+ Video] (Dominican Ginger Tea)
Dominican alcoholic beverages
Our country is famous for the quality of our rum, and we have some brands of good beer, but there are some homemade alcoholic drinks that are quite popular in our country.
In case you're wondering, the legal drinking age in the Dominican Republic is 18.
Guavaberry Drink and Jam
Mandarin Orange Liqueur Recipe
Ponche de Ron Recipe (Rum Eggnog)
Dominican fermented drinks
Fermented drinks, which we call mabí or guarapos, are very popular in the Dominican Republic. They are very refreshing, and a great way to cool yourself with some bubbly drinks, and a fantastic alternative to soft drinks. Guarapos are made from fruits (nearly-always homemade), and mabí is made from the bark of a vine called "behuco indio" (Colubrina elliptica). The latter is seldom made at home.
Guarapo de Piña [+ Video] (Fermented Pineapple Juice)
Guarapo de Jagua (Genipa Fermented Drink)
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