Nikita – Madeira’s icy … but exotic cocktail

Nikita – Madeira’s icy … but exotic cocktail

♪♪ Hey Nikita is it cold
In your little corner of the world?

Madeira Music notes Nikita

Oh Nikita you will never know anything about my home
I’ll never know how good it feels to hold you
Nikita I need you so ♪♪


Rumor has it that this famous cocktail owes its name to Elton John’s hit song: Nikita.  Both came out and were stars in 1985.

This Nikita cocktail is one of the many known and famous drink typical to Madeira Island.  The others are Poncha, Madeira Wine, Rum, Coral and the nice table wines.

It is warm outside.  You are just back from one of the many amazing activities available on Madeira.  Alternatively, you could be chilling at the Clube Naval of Seixal.  Then again, you might be relaxing at a tavern after a day filled with sightseeing, levada walks or even shopping.  Whichever…  it is always a good time to try a Nikita.

A Nikita is sweet, cold and exotic!  It makes for a nice refreshing break.


  • 1/2 liter of pineapple juice. If you cannot find real pineapple juice, you can use a Sumol Ananas (slightly fizzy) Sumol ananas
  • Vanilla Ice-cream – 6 scoops
  • 2 slices of fresh pineapple (plus one quarter slice for decoration
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar (I usually try to use only one)
  • Alcohol – some recipes call for a mixture of both, others ask you to choose between them. I personally use only white wine
    • 1 small beer – Coral
    • 1 small glass of white wine
Nikita Madeira Portugal Cocktail
Step one
  • If you have a blender:
    • Pour the pineapple juice, the sugar, the white wine and the fresh pineapple slices. Mix well.
  • Without a blender
    • Cut the slices of pineapple in small pieces.
    • Place them in a high container.
    • Add the pineapple juice, the white wine and the sugar
    • Use a mexelote to mix it all well together vigorously – the same mexelote used to make Ponchas
Step two
  • Add the ice cream, scoop by scoop to the preparation of step one
  • Blend it in to it becomes creamy and smooth
Step three
  • Add the beer, if you want
Step four
  • Pour in a large glass
  • Decorate with a slit quarter pineapple slice

Nikita Cocltail Madeira Portugal


  • This cocktail is very tasty as well in its “virgin” version. Hence, without white wine and / or beer.
  • Try this cocktail with other fruits found on Madeira such strawberry or passion fruit
  • If you cannot find a fresh pineapple, you can also use canned pineapple
  • Why not listen to the Nikita, the song which gave its name to the cocktail while you prepare it?

Nikita, counting ten tin soldiers in a row…

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