Hey kids! A summer sporting event is coming, so you know what that means! We’re going to learn a bit about the host country – Brazil! Specifically we’re going to learn two words: Cachaça and Caipirinha. Cachaça (pronounced ka-CHA-sah) is a Portuguese alcohol derived from sugar cane juice. To me it smells a bit like tequila, but tastes more like rum. Why is this important? Well it’s so we can feel like we’re learning something while we make Caipirinhas!
The Caipirinha (pronounced kape-eh-REEN-a) is what you’d get if a margarita and a daiquiri had a baby and then sent it off to a boarding school, but a boarding school that turned out not to be a school at all, but an illegal cigar factory. The caipirinha is a trashy drink that more than makes up for it with it’s simplicity and authenticity.
I call this drink trashy because bartenders call the garnish in drinks trash, as in: “Hey, what trash goes in an Old Fashioned again?” The caipirinha uses a whole lime cut up into segments, muddled with some sugar and all of it is thrown into a glass without straining, making it look like the morning after an above-ground pool party. But this is why it feels so authentic: it tastes great, and is quick and easy to make, getting you out from behind the bar and leaving you more time to festa!
Fun Summer Sports Drinking Game
First, turn the TV to some summer sports. Hide the remote and your car keys, then take a drink whenever:
- an athlete takes a selfie (opening ceremony specifically)
- NBC documents a “sad story” with piano in the background
- an athlete hugs their coach
- cameras show an athlete’s parents/spouse/significant other
- a camera gets less than a foot from an athlete’s face
- there’s a mention of the zika virus
- you hear the word “Copacabana” or “Ipanema”
- 1 lime divided into 8 wedges
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 3 oz cachaça
- 5 ice cubes
- Put lime wedges in a cocktail shaker, add sugar and muddle (smash with a stick) until you get most of the juice out.
- Add ice and shake vigorously until sugar is dissolved.
- Pour, without straining, into a lowball glass.