Friday, July 31, 2009

Summer Samba

A friend of mine used to regale me with her stories of Brazil: the beaches, the parties, the people. One memorable evening she hosted a Brazilian dinner, and in her apartment we feasted on the complex Brazilian signature dish, feijoada. I don't remember if she served this cocktail, the caiparinha, made with sugar cane alcohol, called cachaca. But it, too, embodies Brazil.

First, put on the Carlos Jobim.

Then, for each drink, quarter a lime, drop into a tumbler. Sprinkle with two teaspoons of sugar. Muddle. Add two ounces cachaca. Mix. Fill half the glass with ice. Stir. Sip.

I don't think I'll have to admonish you to drink responsibly. Unless you're Brazilian, more than two of these and you'll be on the floor.


  1. YES! Now I'd like it. Your cocktail, super fresh, Jobim, super samba. Maybe you just forgot to say, dance two steps of samba is necessary. Ciao, my favourite pusher of tastes. :D Italo.

  2. Italo:
    You're right. Two caipairinhas and even I'll be dancing the samba!

  3. Here's another guy I love:

  4. Sounds refreshing, and I like AH's guy too!

  5. Love these drinks - but they always seem to taste better when I'm out than when I've tried it myself.

  6. Bec: I find that things often taste better when someone else makes it.