Caipirinha Curiosities


Several cities in the interior of São Paulo lay claim to the drink: Matão, Jaboticabal, Monte Alto and Taquaritinga are just a few.
One of the most celebrated Brazilian artists, Tarsila do Amaral, produced a painting in 1923 in which the central figure is clutching a caipirinha. The name of the painting? The Caipirinha!
The official recipe for a caipirinha is protected by intellectual property law, meaning that variants of the cocktail are not officially recognised as caipirinhas. So if you decide to use vodka as the base instead of cachaça, it is no longer an authentic Brazilian caipirinha.
People often think of various spirits as synonymous with cachaça, but, by law, cachaça has an alcohol content of between 38% and 48%. Everything above this is “firewater”.
Since the key ingredient of a caipirinha is cachaça, it is always recommended that your drink be accompanied by a salty snack to nibble on. The reason? Cachaça, by tickling the taste buds, makes you hungry.


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