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Caipirinha (Portuguese pronunciation: [kajpiˈɾĩj̃ɐ]) is Brazil’s national cocktail, made with cachaça (pronounced: [kaˈʃasɐ]) (sugarcane hard liquor), sugar and lemon (or lime).
Cachaça, also known as “pinga”, “caninha” (caniña), or any one of a multitude of traditional names, is Brazil’s most common distilled alcoholic beverage.
Although both rum and cachaça are made from sugarcane-derived products, in cachaça the alcohol results from the fermentation of fresh sugarcane juice that is then distilled, while rum is usually made from refinery by-products such as molasses.
The drink is prepared by muddling the fruit and the sugar together and adding the liquor and ice.
This mix can be prepared into a single individual glass, or large, that can be shared amongst people, or even into a larger jar, from where it is served in individual glasses.
Although the real origins of caipirinha, as it is known today, are unknown, according to one account it began around 1918 in the state of São Paulo with a famous recipe made with lime, garlic and honey, indicated for patients with the Spanish flu.
Today it is still sometimes used as a remedy for the common cold. As it was quite common to add some distilled spirits to home remedies, to expedite the therapeutic effect, rum was commonly used.
“Until one day someone decided to remove the garlic and honey. Then added a few tablespoons sugar to reduce the acidity of lime. The ice came next, to ward off the heat,” explains Carlos Lima, executive director of IBRAC (Brazilian Institute of Cachaça).
The caipirinha is the strongest national cocktail of Brazil and is imbibed 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.
Caipirinha. (2016, December 1). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 08:42, December 1, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Caipirinha&oldid=752447883
This “Brazilian coffee capirinha” is an interesting and tasy boost-version of the original drink.