With the World Cup in full swing, it seems like an appropriate time to write about caipirinhas and Brazil.
Since I was little, I dreamed of Brazil. My parents lived there for five years and I loved hearing stories of the beaches, Carnival and samba schools. Growing up, when asked about my favorite food, I’d say pão de queijo and moqueca. Actually, I still say that and I still know all of the songs to this album. Having never actually been to Brazil, I felt a connection to the country. So I was beyond thrilled when I got to travel to Rio de Janeiro and Brasília for work this past October. The trip was a whirlwind and I just scratched the surface of what Brazil has to offer. I can’t wait to go back and continue the adventure.
In the meantime, here’s the recipe for a caipirinha and a few pictures from my trip.
A caipirinha, the national cocktail of Brazil, is easy to make and delicious. Made with limes, sugar, ice and cachaça it is incredibly refreshing – whether you are in Rio or DC.
- 1 lime, cut into fourths or sixths
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 ounces cachaça
- 1 handful ice
Place lime wedges and sugar in a glass. Muddle together (I use the end of a wooden spoon to muddle) and then add ice and cachaça. Stir and enjoy.
Brasília, the capital of Brazil, is one of the most bizarre cities that I’ve visited. It was built in the 1960s as a planned city and was made in the shape of an airplane. Seriously. Check out the map below.
So while we can’t be in Brazil right now, at least we can drink like we are. Cheers and enjoy a caipirinha. And if you don’t feel like making one, here are all the places in DC that serve caipirinhas.