A Taste of Brazil

12 June 2014

The World Cup has us feeling extremely festive and in the spirit of Brazil we thought that we would do a little roundup of our favourite Brazilian drinks so that you can order with impunity throughout the tournament. Bottoms up, or Saude!!!

Caipirinha

The international cocktail of Brazil made with cachaca (Brazillian sugarcan spirit similar to rum), sugar and lime is a powerful little concoction of deliciousness that offers you a refreshing boost with a perfect balance of sweet and tart. Often made with rum outside of Brazil, the effect is very similar and we are certain that this World Cup is going to see an awful lot of these being ordered across the world.

If you feel like whipping up a little piece of Brazil as you enjoy the football at home rather than fighting the crowds this a simple mix that is easy to create and delightful to enjoy.

Ingredients
4 limes
1/2 cup sugar
Ice cubes
11/2 cups Cachaça

Method
Quarter the limes lengthwise, then cut each quarter in half crosswise and divide pieces between glasses.

Add 1 tablespoon of sugar to each glass, then muddle the lime pieces by pounding and pressing with a wooden spoon until sugar is dissolved into the lime juice.

Fill each glass with ice and add 3 tablespoons cachaça to each, stirring well.

Brahma

Contrary to popular belief there are many great Brazilian beers out there to be enjoyed including Brahma which is fabulously refreshing and best served extremely cold. Many bars and supermarkets already stock a selection of Brazilian beers or have brought them in especially for the football so be sure to step outside of your comfort zone and see what the South American fuss is all about.

Wine
There are a selection of great Brazilian wines available for a rich palette and great legs. Some of our favourites include: Pizzato Concentus, a delightful Merlot blend that naturally goes phenomenally with meat, Salton Evidence a sparkling wine that has a lovely acidic blend and goes down all too easily, Cave Geisse Terroir Nature a fruity white for any situation.