Caipirinhas & Co

The Caipirinha, the quintessential Brazilian cocktail, continues to reinvent itself and attract evermore people to its legion of fans Legend has it that in 1918, in the interior of São Paulo, cachaça used to be mixed with lemon, garlic and honey as a remedy for the Spanish flu. But then, one day, someone decided to remove the garlic and honey and replace it with sugar and ice. And right there, a drink was created that has since become a national treasure, as well as a huge international success. The fact is that people are always inventing new recipes given the…

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Whilst the caipirinha has achieved a certain degree of international acclaim, the UK still remains relatively impartial. In these times of rum renaissance and gin revival, the cocktail somewhat languishes on the tumbler-to-do list When Jimmy Buffet declared “if life gives you limes then make margaritas”, chances are he was yet to discover the caipirinha. The singer’s endorsement may have done wonders for the tequila-based appetizer, but for my money there are better uses for such citrus fruit. It’s common to see the caipirinha pigeonholed with its other LATAM muckers, the margarita and the daiquiri, but the caipirinha is more…

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Cachaça is an alcoholic Brazilian spirit distilled from fermented sugarcane juice. It is perhaps best known as the principal ingredient used in a caipirinha, the much-celebrated Brazilian cocktail Cachaça is often mistaken for rum as both are derived from sugarcane processing. Cachaça, however, is subject to a more genuine refining process and is distilled from the actual sugarcane juice (rum is made from molasses, a by-product). This distinction gives cachaça its unique grassy flavour and robust aroma. Like rum, there are two varieties of cachaça: unaged – branca (white) or prata (silver) – and aged – amarela (yellow) or ouro…

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Quentão is the quintessential Festa Junina drink and can be made with cachaça or wine Quentão is a hot drink and traditionally served at a Festa Juina (June Festival) in Brazil. People often drink it through to the end of August, however, as it serves as a classic winter warmer on those chilly nights, especially in the south of the country. Quentão made with cachaça is more common in the southeast and northeast of Brazil, regions that produce significant quantities of sugarcane. The wine variety is typical of the South, home to the country’s most-prized vineyards. Quentão is so good…

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Drunk by humans for millennia, in more recent times wines of altitude has conquered new frontiers and has steadily become one of Brazil’s newfound specialties According to data from the Brazilian Wine Institute (Ibravin), 2015 was a record year for growth in Brazil, with exports up by 35%. As a result of this uplift, one of the subjects attracting increasing attention amongst winemakers and experts alike is the importance of the altitude when it comes to vineyards. The altitude affects the quality of the final product as, according to wine experts, grapes are strongly influenced by the climatic conditions that…

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The cachaça-based drink, popular in Brazil up until the end of the 1970s, is making a comeback in bars, restaurants and parties: the batida A batida is a smooth, sweet tasting drink, which can make it quite dangerous given that you hardly realise that you’re drinking cachaça! It is very simple to make. You will need the following ingredients in equal measures: cachaça, condensed milk, fruit and ice. These ingredients are placed into a blender and mixed until the drink reaches a smooth consistency. The practical side of the drink is that you can make it in large quantities, for…

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The preparation and quantities are nearly always the same, but by varying the ingredients you can surprise your friends with different types of fruit The traditional caipirinha, known universally by Brazilians, is made with only a few basic ingredients: 50ml of cachaça, 2 table spoons of sugar, 1 lime and some ice.  Simple enough, but be warned, if you don’t know what you’re doing your cocktail might not go down quite as expected. Preparing the perfect caipirinha is an art, and today we will show you how to be the artist. Let’s get started. Glass – use a classic tumbler,…

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Every country has its own famous distilled drink. In Brazil, it’s cachaça, or pinga, and it’s used do make one of the most famous cocktails in the world, the Caipirinha There is no Brazilian who doesn’t know cachaça and there is no visitor to Brazil who doesn’t get to know it. Cachaça, along with Brazil’s intoxicating happiness, is the country’s trademark. Every Brazilian has affection for its strong aroma and potency. Cachaça, however, is not to be drunk without respect. Its alcoholic content can vary from 38% to 48%, which is considerable when you think that a regular beer will…

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