March 3rd, 2010
People!!! Get on your marks, get set, now go….for the rebirthing of The Caipirinha. Yes indeed, The Caipirinha is making a ferocious comeback and plans to be the hot new trendy cocktail for this spring and beyond. The sole, spirited ingredient in The Caipirinha is Cachaca, also know as the national spirit of Brazil. Formerly condemned to collecting dust on most bars and liquor storage rooms because of it’s harsh taste, and inability to be resuscitated with even the most exciting fresh mixers, Cachaca producers took heed. Cachaca is no longer produced in steel vats in 3 short days, but processed more like a cognac in oak barrels, and aged anywhere from 1 to 10 years, and the industry consensus on aging Cachaca is starting to rest around 2 years. 2 years works best in the aging process so that the oak barrel adds some smoothing texture to the Cachaca without imposing dominating notes or heavily discoloring the clear spirit.
Ok, all of this background on Cachaca is making me thirsty!!! So I’m gonna bang out a Traditional Caipirinha, real quick…3 – 4 muddled limes, 1/2 -1 oz simple syrup (I like mine on the sweeter side so I’ll opt on the 1 oz of simple syrup), 2 oz of Cachaca, vigorously shake with crushed iced, and garnish with a lime wedge. And please feel free to be creative with your caipirinha, and add your choice of seasonal fresh fruit, ie: blueberry’s, blackberry’s, strawberry’s, etc…
Cheers, and drink responsibly!!!