Gastronomy

London’s biggest caipirinha, Brazilian cocktails, food and drinks festival dishes out the accolades across a range of categories The third edition of The London Caipirinha Festival, a mouth-watering event created to promote the famous Brazilian cocktail, has officially announced its list of winners in 2019 across all categories. The event, which was created and organised by VBRATA (Visit Brazil Travel, Cultural & Business Association), was staged with the support of some prominent partners, including the Embassy of Brazil in London. The London Caipirinha Festival is the largest annual Brazilian cocktails, food and drinks competition in London, created to stimulate general…

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Banana & Cinnamon Caipirinha Ingredients 60 ml of cachaça 1 ½ tablespoon of sugar ½ Banana Method: Put the banana and the sugar in the shaker, muddle then add the ice and the cachaça Spicy Mango Caipirinha Ingredients 1/2 a chopped mango 2 shots of cachaça 1 tablespoon of sugar 1 finger pepper in strips (deseeded) Method: Place the mango in the bottom of the glass, along with the pepper and the sugar. Muddle lightly. Add the cachaça and stir until the sugar dissolves. Fill the glass with the crushed ice.

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The Caipirinha has several versions, changing the lemon by strawberry, pineapple, kiwi, lychee, cashew or mixing all the fruits. You can also change the distillate, but in this case it will no longer be a Caipirinha. When the distillate is changed it gets other names: if Vodka is used, it is Caipiroska and if it is Rum, it is called Caipiríssima, and prepared with Sake it is called Saquêrinha.

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An important fact for Caipirinha’s worldwide fame happend in 1993, when the president of the Brazilian Association of Bartenders (ABB) and Vice-President of the International Bartenders Association (IBA) at that time, Derivan de Souza, argued that the legitimately Brazilian cocktail should be part of the IBA Popular Cocktails list. Apparently, the word Caipirinha was originated from the Tupi of “caipora” or “curupira”. Caipora means “inhabitant of the bush”. Curupira is a fantastic being, a devil who wanders in the forests.

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Caipirinha is already considered one of the seven classics of the Cocktail world by the International Bartending Association. An interesting version for the appearance of the caipirinha is in the book “The Xango of Baker Street” written by Jô Soares: it was when Dr. Watson, friend of Sherlock Holmes, created the caipirinha to avoid Sherlock felt unhealthy if tasting the cachaça with lemon. Worth watching the film of the same name.

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Many believe that Caipirinha was invented because the interior of São Paulo had many lemons, so it was necessary to find a way to use them. Caipirinha was registered as an officially Brazilian recipe in 2003 and its registration presents the correct way to prepare the drink: alcoholic graduation of 15% to 36% in volume, at 20º Celsius, mixed exclusively with cachaça, plus lemon and sugar.

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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…

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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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Brazil’s national cocktail is the centre piece of the London Caipirinha Festival which returns for its third consecutive year this June The cocktail competition founded by VBRATA (Visit Brazil, Travel, Cultural and Business Association) encourages bars and restaurants to compete to make the best Caipirinha and promote the cocktail as well as heighten awareness of the Brazilian culture and tourism in the UK. From the date of its official launch on 20 June the competition will run until the 30 June and the results will be announced on July 15th. So who decides who is the best? -…

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Voting requires the participation of consumers while at the participating bars or restaurants to sample caipirinhas and cast their votes online. Scores are awarded for a range of categories: caipirinhas (original, fruits and exotic), caipirinha menu offered, cachaça, bartender, bar decoration, originality and creativity, culinary fusion, Brazilian snacks, Brazilian food, location and services, among other categories. During the competition the participating establishments will have their caipirinhas and Brazilian food (if available) judged by regulars, as well as a jury composed of critics and opinion makers. In total 50% of the votes will be from the public and 50% from the…

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• Promote participating London-based bars and restaurants • Establish the biggest Brazilian drinks and gastronomy competition in London • Crown “London’s Best Caipirinha”, “London’s Best Brazilian Restaurant” as well as other winners across different categories • Encourage cocktail lovers to find out more about Brazil and driving general awareness of Brazilian culture in the UK

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The London Caipirinha Festival was created in 2017 in London by VBRATA – Visit Brazil Travel, Cultural and Business Association to promote Brazil as a cultural and gastronomic tourist destination using the quintessential Brazilian cocktail internationally known, the Caipirinha, as well as the participating bars and restaurant offering Brazilian cocktails, food and drinks.

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Inspired by a typical “boteco” evening, Brazil’s renowned international chef and UK Masterchef Semi-finalist, Luciana Berry, hosts and prepares a seven course meal of authentic brazilian bar food Memories, laughter, warmth, and delectable food these are all the amazing factors of a traditional Brazilian “boteco”, a classic pub/bar in Brazil that customarily shares dishes amongst passionate food lovers. So come join this rare cultural food experience of “boteco” style, taste delicious dishes full of the rich flavours and spices of Brazil, connect to those around you, and listen to beautiful beats. There will be no other event like it in…

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Mocotó is a standout Brazilian dish that continues to win over new fans Mocotó is another signature dish of Brazilian cuisine and one that is not dissimilar to feijoada. Mocotó means, quite literally, “paw of animal” and is a word that is derived from either “mukoto”, from the Quimbundo language, or “mbo-coto” from tupi. It might seem a little odd, but in fact this is precisely what the dish consists of: boiled cow’s feet served with various condiments. Alternatively the recipe can centre on some other limb or extremity, depending on the cook’s preference. A close relation to the fabled…

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Acarajé is one of the signature dishes of Brazil’s Northeast, and now you can try out this tasty delicacy by following this simple recipe Acarajé is one the most emblematic foods of Brazil’s Northeast. African in origin, it is fundamentally a patty made with beans, onion, salt and garlic, and then fried in dendê (palm) oil. It can be served with chillies, tomato sauce, vinaigrette or even shrimp, among other accompaniments. An interesting fact: acarajé is the ritual food of orixá Iansã, the ruler of the winds and storms in the Candomblé religion. In Africa, in the Yoruba language, àkàrà…

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