It’s Brazil’s national cocktail: a wicked mix of lime, sugar, cachaça (sugar cane liquor) and lots of ice. I remember my first trip to Brazil in 1998 when I went on a sailing trip near Rio de Janeiro. I was one of three foreigners on the boat and we had a blast, all thanks to two quintessential Brazilian products: caipirinha and the samba! We drank, sang and danced till sunset. I couldn’t stop dancing, even after the samba band stopped playing – the caipirinha had me firmly in its grip. Haha! It’s one experience I won’t easily forget.
On my last trip to Foz de Iguaçu in Brazil, I was shown how this famous cocktail is made. And really, it’s dead easy. Watch and learn:
There’s something about cocktails that taste like lemonade – you can never tell how many you’ve had. I must’ve had quite a few because at the end of the day, I was convinced I knew the words to Brazil’s national anthem! Good thing there wasn’t a samba band anywhere around. Haha!