Well you may remember that I am quite a football fan….I enjoy cricket too but only when Sri Lanka play. So today I am on a natural high – we have the Sri Lanka & England Test series during the day and late at night the Football WORLD CUP! Work Shmork…..my eyes are fully glued to the TV for one month. I may get up now and then during the test series to run off a quick translation but don’t expect miracles – I would rather be poor than miss this.
Today the 2014 World Cup starts – I’m excited about the opening ceremony. Not entirely sure why – I mean Jennifer Lopez and that other fella (can’t remember his name)…..oh yeah Pitbull (had to Google it!) singing and performing. No the attraction is not only the football (with the exception of Holland) it’s the whole event, the excitement, the adrenaline, the buzz.
So what better than to honour the start of these 4 weeks with a Brazilian drink: Caipirinha
Caipirinha (pronounced kie-purr-REEN-yah) roughly translates to “country bumpkin” is Brazil’s national cocktail, made with cachaça (very sweet sugar cane hard liquor – pronounced Ka-Shah-Suh), sugar and lime. Cachaça is Brazil’s most common distilled alcoholic beverage (also known as Pinga or Caninha). Both rum and cachaça are made from sugarcane-derived products. Specifically with cachaça, the alcohol results from the fermentation of sugar cane juice that is afterwards distilled.
The caipirinha is the strongest national cocktail of Brazil and is consumed in restaurants, bars, and many households throughout the country. Once almost unknown outside Brazil, the drink has become more popular and more widely available in recent years, in large part due to the rising availability of first-rate brands of cachaça outside Brazil. The International Bartenders Association has designated it as one of their Official Cocktails.
Here is the simple way to make one (because we will be way too busy watching TV – so make sure you make pitchers of the stuff 😉 )
Ingredients (8 servings):
- 4 limes
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Ice cubes
- 1 1/2 cups cachaça
- Quarter the limes lengthwise, then cut each quarter in half crosswise and divide pieces between glasses.
- Add 1 tablespoon of sugar to each glass, then muddle the lime pieces by pounding and pressing with a wooden spoon until sugar is dissolved into the lime juice.
- Fill each glass with ice and add 3 tablespoons cachaça to each, stirring well
- Experiment with other fruits – passion fruit, strawberry & kiwi for example.
- Use fine sugar.
- Choose the clearest type of cachaça rather than golden as this will be better quality. Try Liberty Plaza for the real stuff.
- If you can’t find any cachaça then you can use rum – Captain Morgans white rum will do and give you a hell of a hangover as well – to make a caipirissima or use vodka to make a caipiroska. Both are widely drunk but lack that certain Brazilian something (not sure what that is….I have images of beautiful women with pert bottoms in g-strings on the beach and kids playing football in slums simultaneously hmmm)!
- You could always try it with arrack if you have a death wish.