One of my favorite drinks is a Caipirinha. I remember being introduced to them by an old friend named Andy ,who had a Brazilian girlfriend and sought to educate me on many things Brazilian. We were at a Brazilian music event in Chicago and I drank eagerly much to my hung over regret the next day. They taste so good, but will sneak up on you.This cocktail had found a way into my cocktail repertoire.
In Rio de Janerio recently , I stayed hydrated with a variety of juices from the Sucos Bars scattered on every street,excellent icy cold beers, Mate Tea served from a steel drum containers that blend lemon juice and yerbe mate , plenty of water, and wound the day down with nice Caipirinhas in traditional or exotic fruit varieties like passion fruit or mango. I felt like a Carioca ( native of Rio de Janerio). The abundance and profusion fruits in Rio amazed me. I wish I could have sampled more. Hortifruti has a amazing selection of fruits and vegetables indigenous to Brazil. The food,climate, and lifestyle make this the perfect destination to visit. I really felt a connection in Rio and will return.
Caipirinhas are considered Brazil’s national drink. This pleasant sweet yet acidic cocktail with a kick, consists of limes, sugar, and cachaça ( a spirit made from sugar cane juice,as rum is as well)served over plenty of ice. The original simple form is wonderful, but many like to add a fruit infusion, based on the abundance and variety of fruits. If you don’t have cachaça, there is always a Caipiroska or Caipivodka using vodka in place of cachaça.
- 2 shots cachaça
- 1 lime cut into wedges, then quarters
- 4 tsps sugar, preferably raw sugar.
- half of a mango cubed and cut into small pieces.
- Crushed Ice
- Muddle lime, sugar, and mango fruit together.
- Add crushed ice to shaker.
- Pour cachaça over fruit and ice and shake to blend,
- Serve in a chilled glass with the ice.
Influences and Perspectives : Brazil