Boxeador (Beets, Banana and Papaya Cocktail)

by Erica Dinho on September 15, 2013

Boxeador (Beets, Banana and Papaya Cocktail)

If you hadn’t read the title of this post, Beets, Banana and Papaya Cocktail, based on the photo alone, what flavor would you have guessed this drink to be? Strawberry, raspberry, or cherry maybe, right? But the beautiful color of this drink is from the beets.

Boxeador literally translates in English as “boxer” and is a traditional Colombian cocktail from El Huila department. This drink is made with beets, papaya, banana, honey, milk, brandy and chocolate malted powder.

Boxeador is a very unique, filling, rich and creamy cocktail. I am not a huge fan of this drink, but many Colombians love it, including my mom, so I thought I’d post the recipe for you guys.

Buen provecho!

Boxeador (Beets, Banana and Papaya Cocktail)



  • 4 to 6 servings
  • 5 cups of milk
  • 1 cup diced ripe papaya
  • 3 bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup of beets, diced
  • 2 tablespoon of honey, or to your taste
  • 2 tablespoons of milo or other chocolate malted powder
  • Sugar to your taste
  • Brandy to your taste

Boxeador (Beets, Banana and Papaya Cocktail)


Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until all the ingredients are combined.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Angie@Angie's Recipes September 16, 2013 at 10:10 AM

A wonderful drink! I love the add of beet!


2 Evelyne@cheapethniceatz September 16, 2013 at 3:20 PM

What an unusual drink, totally would not have guessed the ingredients but very curious. The malted powder is really interesting too!


3 Jeannie Tay September 16, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Interesting ingredients for a cocktail, it looks quite delicious and I would have said it’s a watermelon drink:D I don’t care much for beet either:P


4 Joanne September 17, 2013 at 8:01 AM

I am so intrigued by this mix of fruits and veggies!


5 grace September 17, 2013 at 3:38 PM

you’re right, i never would’ve expected beets in this! sounds surprisingly great, erica. :)


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