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Brazil’s best-kept secret

February 17, 2009
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Caipirinha

Caipirinha
Caipirinha

This traditional Brazilian drink prepared with cachaça is very popular in Europe . I guess you could say it USED TO be Brazil’s best-kept secret, but it’s the connoisseur’s cocktail of choice from New York City to Miami, commanding hefty prices.

 The cachaca is stronger than Margarita, enjoy !

 If you drink , don’t drive!

1 lime

2 ounces of cachaça

Sugar to taste

Ice cubes

Wash the lime and roll it on the board to loosen the juices. Cut the lime into pieces and place them in a glass. Sprinkle with the sugar and crush the pieces (pulp side up) with a pestle, (We have a long, wooden one from Brazil, made specifically for this purpose) .Just enough to release the juice, otherwise it’ll get bitter. Add the cachaça and stir to mix. Add the ice and stir again. It is delicious and potent!cachaca, It’s made from cane juice outright. 

You can also make a pitcher of caipirinha . Figure out how many people and multiply amounts. If you can’t find cachaça where you live,  take a look at ABC stores, or take  a good vodka. The drink will then be called caipiroshka. No vodka? Use white rum and you will have a caipiríssima.  Caipirinhas made with sake and lychee are all the rage in Brazil now! Try one…I have a recipe for caipirinha made with tangerine, but you can also try strawberries, kiwi, fresh passion fruit with mint, passion fruit with pitanga, watermelon, pink grapes, siriguela, you name it….

Other words, synonym for cachaça : pinga, caninha, branquinha, malvada. There are tours of distillers in the state of Minas Gerais, much in the same way as you’d tour vineyards in Sonoma Valley, France or the Brazilian .  The Cachaça is also notorious for brands with funny labels!

  The Cachaça has also inspired many famous Brazilian songs:

You can use cachaça to flambé bananas and other food; add it to hot chocolate and even to coffee; marinate pork loin and pork chops, etc. 

Just in case… If you drive ...Don’t drink!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Vanessa Thommas permalink
    February 19, 2009 6:44 pm

    Funny!

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