Learn to Make a Caipirinha for the World Cup
Happy World Cup!
Since the World Cup is in Brazil, it only makes sense to celebrate with food and drinks that hail from the country. Brazilian food is known for its fruits like guava, papaya and passion fruit, but if you're throwing a World Cup party, the easiest festive thing to throw together is the Caipirinha. The Caipirinha is the national cocktail of Brazil, and it's so easy to make. Plus, it's incredibly refreshing and sweet. What could taste better as the weather heats up? Turn on that high-stakes soccer game and mix up a classic Brazilian cocktail!
Caipirinha roughly translates into "country bumpkin" and it is made with cachaça, a sweet Brazilian rum. The great thing about a Caipirinha is that it can be made with whichever seasonal fruits are available, making it an incredibly versatile cocktail. Justin Noel of Casa, a Brazilian restaurant in New York City's West Village, recommends limes in his recipe. (Also, it's pronounced ky-pee-REE-nyah, if you were wondering!)
This drink has been popular in Brazil for ages, but sales of cachaça have even grown in the United States as well. The New York Times has even observed the Caipirinha's ubiquity in many trendy New York bars. Cachaça is made from sugarcane juice, which makes it very sweet. This is a drink that can go beyond the World Cup too. The sweet Caipirinha could easily become a regular in your summer cocktail repertoire!
Watch the video above to learn how to make the perfect Caipirinha for a World Cup viewing party.
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