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  • Caipirinha

    Thanks to ilsarago for posting that graphic.

    I have several important dinners over the next several weeks, and I want to “kick things up a notch” as much as possible.

    For appetizers I have a nice cheese board planned, along with some of the RogueChef’s special breads, but to set the expectations for the dinners, perhaps a flavored dipping oil, or perhaps three just for that absolute rogue chef , “BOOM…”. (I’m from Texas and do not do “Bam”.)

    In response to my trying to ferret out preferences one guest responded..

    “As far as cocktails are concerned, my wife and I are quite adventurous and like to try new things, though we generally lean towards Vodka, scotch, rum and tequila and away from gin and bourbon.”

    Now we are talking…

    • Adventurous: Check
    • Rum: Check
    • Seasonal: Check
    • Cooling: Check
    • Kick like a Mule: Check

    Sounds like a Caipirinha:

    Caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail, made with cachaça (sugar cane rum), sugar (preferably raw sugar) and lime. Cachaça is Brazil’s most common distilled alcoholic beverage (also known as Pinga or Caninha). Both rum and cachaça are made from sugarcane-derived products. Specifically with cachaça, the alcohol results from the fermentation of sugarcane juice that is afterwards distilled.

    The caipirinha is the national cocktail of Brazil, and is enjoyed 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.

    The word caipirinha is the diminutive version of the word caipira, which refers to someone from the countryside, being an almost exact equivalent of the American English hillbilly. The word may be used as either a masculine or a feminine noun, but when referring to this drink it is only feminine (usage of diminutives is common in Brazil). In the Brazilian vocabulary, the word caipirinha is mostly associated with the drink itself rather than the class of person.

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