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BRAZILIAN FLAIR CAIPIRINHA

BRAZILIAN FLAIR CAIPIRINHA

Have you heard about the Caipirinha? Nope?! Yes?! If not, I will introduce it to you, my friend. There is nothing better than a Brazilian girl talking done about a Brazilian drink. With the World cheap mlb jerseys Cup and Olympics coming to Brazil in the next couple of years, Brazilian’s national drink, the caipirnha, has taken center stage.

BRAZILIAN FLAIR CAIPIRINHA

Caipirinha (Kai-Pee-Reen-Ya) is the Brazilian signature drink, made with cachaça (Ka-Shah-Suh) ( liquor made  from fermented sugarcane juice) sugar and lime. Very simple and delicious!! In Brazil, cachaça is the most commonly distilled alcoholic beverage. You can find two types of cachaça: white and gold. The white or unaged,  means the cachaça is immediately bottled and is cheaper. Usually a caipirinha is made with the white cachaça. The gold or aged is rated as premium, because it is aged in wood barrels and is meant to be sipped straight ( it can be aged for up to 3 years, the “ultra premium” cachaça can be  aged for up to 15 years). Also, the  flavor is influenced by the type of wood the barrel is made from.

BRAZILIAN FLAIR CAIPIRINHA

You must be wondering if cachaça is like a rum, or, like most people refer to it, a” brazilian rum”.  Cachaça is made from fresh sugar cane and rum is made from molasses. But you are not totally wrong if you thought that!!!  Until last February  by US law, any  spirit derived from sugar cane was defined as rum. For this reason cachaça Moments sold in the United States had to have the word “rum” written  somewhere on the front label.  Leblon brand fought very hard to change this status.  To have cachaça recognized by the US government, they created a campaign called “Legalize Cachaça“, collecting over 300,000 signatures to bring the petition to congress and get approved .

BRAZILIAN FLAIR CAIPIRINHA

So now you know for a Ti?n liquor to be called cachaça it can be only made with fresh sugar cane juice, immediately  fermented and pressed and made in Brazil.

I remember when I made a caipirinha for the first time for Marilyn Chudda and I remember also her first question immediately : “It’s like a mojito,right?”  I was like “no no no no no !!! Just try it American!!! ” And we kept “trying” it for over a And year basically everyday until our new liquor law changed in Washington  (prices went up and it got harder to find). Lately we have been seeing cachaça more often and with decent prices!!!

In Brazil there is a Sommelier of cachaça and you can find more than 5 thousand  brands.  The price range can be from Style $7 to $450.00 . If you have this type of money to spend on  great cachaça the name of SCALLOPS the most expensive brand is Anísio Santiago and has been rated the BEST.

BRAZILIAN FLAIR CAIPIRINHA

Kit Cachaça Anísio Santiago

Here in the US we have only found three main brands of cachaça in retail stores.  Restaurants and bars cheap nba jerseys are able to purchase many others and there is usually a bigger selection depending on the establishment:

51 Pirassununga

BRAZILIAN FLAIR CAIPIRINHA

The cheapest!! Around $20.00

Leblon 

BRAZILIAN FLAIR CAIPIRINHA

Great cachaça with an average price $30.00. Leblon website.

And Novo Fogo: 

BRAZILIAN FLAIR CAIPIRINHA

Average price $40.00. Novo Fogo website.

Below is the gold cachaça that we love so much!!!

BRAZILIAN FLAIR CAIPIRINHA

More expensive: $45.00

When cheap nfl jerseys we were in Brazil (check our instagram) we had caipirinhas EVERY SINGLE DAY !!! We tried new brands and we also tried with different fruits like: wholesale nfl jerseys pineapple, grapes, strawberries, with brazilian exotic fruits, passion fruit (my favorite) and the traditional. It’s the traditional I want to share with you, my friends.  You’re going to need:

BRAZILIAN FLAIR CAIPIRINHA

CACHAÇA, LIME cheap mlb jerseys WEDGES, SUGAR, ICE. MUDDLER AND A GLASS

Preparation:

  • Cut the ends of the lime
  • Cut the lime in half
  • Make a V-cut and remove the white pith in the center as it makes the caipirinha acquire a bitter taste
  • Cut the lime into smaller pieces
  • Mix the lime and sugar in a glass
  • Knead the mixture gently with a muddler
  • Add the ice
  • Complete with cachaça and mix well

For the decoration:

  • Cut a piece of  lime and place on the tip of the glass

The secret to making a great caipirinha besides having a great cachaça is to not over smash the lime because the skin gets bitter.

We have seen a lot of restaurants stocking at least one bottle of cachaça (most commonly Leblon), but the only problem is that most them are making caipirinhas with lime simple syrup. I’m sorry, but it tastes HORRIBLE!!! So, make sure to ask the bartender how they make it!!!

Be happy!!! Cheers and Saúde!!

Beijos e Tchau!!

 

Ludmilla Ramos and Marilyn Chudda
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  1. Markie - 11/05/2013 - 15h35

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4 ea. Jalapeños

2 oz. shredded mozzarella

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