Bebida brasileira (Brazilian drink)

Dana, I hope this is ok with you, but I’m sharing this recipe. I was introduced to Caipirihnas on a visit to NYC a few years back. There’s this little lounge/dive/bar called Baraza somewhere in the East village. It’s┬áone of those dark, sultry, hot and┬ábothered,┬ájammin’ kinda places. Love it!┬áThat’s where I had my first one┬áof these. Then┬ámy dear Swinda taught me how to make┬á’em. YUM!

This is Dana’s recipe, with some commentary by me. Say thank you, everyone.

Caipirinha (k-eye-per-reen-yah) is made with Cacha├ža (kashasah) Brazil’s version of moonshine ; a liquor┬ádistilled from fermented sugarcane.

1 lime
2 oz Cacha├ža
3 tsps sugar, or to taste
Club soda (Seltzer)

First, prepare the limes: rinse and dry the lime. Then remove the thicker rind top and bottom ends and any unsightly blemishes.

┬áHalf the limes with a knife and cut a “V” groove to remove the center pithy part from each half.

Slice each lime half into thirds, then half those pieces.

Place lime pieces in glass and add sugar. Muddle (what a great word!)
Muddle, grind, pulverize, mash those lime pieces right in the glass with a “mashing stick”.

Add the cacha├ža and fill the glass with ice. Top it off with the fizzy water, stir and enjoy!┬á

Bendy straw and all!