THE CAIPIRINHA

Yes, Brazil has a national cocktail!

Think of it like a sweet, boozy, limeade. Who wouldn’t want to drink that?

Picture yourself in Rio De Janeiro. You’re lying on the beach. You’re admiring the beautiful scenery and the beautiful people. As the day heats up, you need something to cool you down. That’s the time for a caipirinha, the bionic popular alcoholic drink in Brazil.

Saude!


The roots

Caipirinha is made with sugar, lime and cachaça, a distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice. For centuries, cachaça was produced almost exclusively for slaves, natives, sailors and the lower classes. The Brazilian elite regarded cachaça as a poor man’s drink. Poor man’s drink or not, cachaça has become an integral part of Brazilian culture and the world has discovered the delights of the caipirinha.

There are many stories about the caipirinha’s origin.

Nobody knows for sure exactly who made the first caipirinha or when. Many older Brazilians claim that the caipirinha was originally a folk remedy used to help alleviate the symptoms of colds and the flu and to soothe sore throats. Even today, many Brazilians are known to create a concoction of lime juice, cachaça and honey as a remedy for colds and flu. The use of ice is most certainly a modern innovation.

Many theories; one spectacular drink.

About cachaça: Don’t call it rum! Brazilians hate it when people confuse cachaça for rum. It’s an understandable mistake – both of the spirits are made from sugar cane. While rum uses the more heavily processed molasses as its base, cachaça uses the fresh, somewhat grassy sugar cane juice. Once you try cachaça, you’ll realize just how different the two are.


Caipirinha2The makin’s

1/2 Lime
1 tablespoon of Brown sugar
4 parts Cachaça
1 part Soda
The drill

If you’re doing it up proper style, be sure to muddle only the lime flesh and not the peel. That will help keep the drink from being overly bitter
In a cocktail shaker, muddle together the quartered limes and sugar. Muddle until all the juice is extracted from the limes and mixed with the sugar
Add the cachaça and a few ice cubes and secure the shaker lid
Shake for 30 seconds
Pour the cocktail into an ice-filled old fashioned glass and top with sparkling water

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