Happy International Rum Day…

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 was International Rum Day. As we begin celebrate the USA’s accomplishments at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio lets toast with a Brazilian native refreshment. Caipirinha is a popular alcoholic drink in brazil. It is made from Cachaça. According to beverage/cookbooks like, “ “, cachaça is a native specialty drink dating back as early as the 1500’s. Cachaça is made from distilled sugarcane. It can be consumed straight or used to make an array of cocktails. But for today’s purposes we are going to make a traditional Caipirinha. It is fairly easy to drink. You will need the following

  • 1 lime sliced in quarters
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar (or refined sugar, if you prefer)
  • 4 to 8 ice cubes (crushed, if you prefer)
  • And 2 ounces of cachaça

Now we will take the lime and slice it into quarters and place it into a large tumbler glass or shaker. Then add the sugar and crush these ingredients with a pestle or muddler. Once we are confident that we have squeezed the juice from, we add the ice or and cachaça and shake these items up in a shaker, blender bottle, or stir this drink up with a spoon. If you are going to use the stirring method I recommend omitting the ice until after the ingredients are combined.