Frozen Coconut Smoothie (Cocada Venezolana)

  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4
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Frozen drinks and smoothies are popular throughout South America, the continent is home to an amazing array of tropical fruits that are perfect for blending and juicing. This particular drink from Venezuela is very simple, just fresh coconut mixed with some milk and ice, and sprinkled with a bit of cinnamon. It's sweet but refreshing, perfect for a hot summer day.

Condensed milk is a popular ingredient in South American frozen drinks, but if you prefer less sweetness, you can use regular milk (and/or coconut milk), and add sugar to taste. This drink is especially smooth and creamy if you make it with an industrial strength blender, such as a Vitamix. If you are feeling especially ambitious, start with fresh coconuts and blend the coconut meat and the coconut milk together, adding regular milk and sugar to taste. Learn how to open a coconut and make coconut milk.

What You'll Need

  • 14 ounces coconut (frozen fresh, shredded)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cream of coconut
  • 1 14-ounce can of ​condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt

How to Make It

  1. Place the frozen coconut, milk, condensed milk, pinch of salt, and vanilla in the blender. Blend until as smooth as possible. You can serve the cocada as is, without ice, adding additional milk to achieve desired texture.
  2. To make a frozen version, add ice and blend until desired texture is reached. (This method works well with more traditional blenders. They can't completely process the coconut. The ice helps to make a more consistent texture). Serve immediately with a dash of powdered cinnamon on top of each glass.