Batidos, aka licuados or Cuban milkshakes, are Latin American blended beverages — liquefied combinations of fruit or fruit juice and milk.
They have much in common with smoothies, and are as pretty to look at as they are refreshing to drink.
Cuban-born Manny Rodriguez and his wife and partner Lisbeth Hernandez brought the foods and flavors of Cuba and Venezuela to their recently opened cafe, Cortaditos.
Batidos are featured on their menu and true to their heritage are in the flavors of mamey, guanabana, lulo, fresa, maraculla and papaya.
Tropical flavors are the most popular and are combined with milk and blended to liquefy the fruit pulp. They will remind you of a fruit smoothie.
Cortaditos Cuban Cafe
616 Meeting St.
These dairy-based fruit drinks vary according to the fruit selected.
Papaya is mild, with buttery notes.
Mamey is compared to baked sweet potato with honey notes of sweetness.
Maraculla is passion fruit and has both sweet and tart flavors.
Lulo, also called the naranjilla, tastes like an orange crossed with a pineapple and lemon.
Guanabana, or soursop, tastes of strawberry and pineapple with an underlying creamy flavor reminiscent of coconut or banana.