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Brazil Fights to Save the Caipirinha

Brazil — By Molly McGonigle on April 8, 2010 at 4:16 pm
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The caipirinha is in trouble! Brazil’s signature drink, traditionally a refreshing mix of lime juice, sugar, ice and the liquor cachaca (made from fermented sugarcane) has been invaded by foreign spirits, and 10,000 fans are up in arms.

In a campaign called Save the Caipirinha, a manifesto reads,  “we formally declare that we no longer wish to see our caipirinha made with vodka or sake instead of cachaca…we do not accept that this drink…be disrespected in Brazil.” In fact, a law introduced in 2003 actually declares that a caipirinha be made with cachaca and outlaws the “addition of any substance that alters the natural sensorial characteristics,” notes The Guardian.

So what can you do to help Brazilians restore the caipirinha to its original glory?  If you are traveling to Brazil make sure the drink has the correct, Brazil-friendly recipe with cachaca and not vodka. Interested in making this drink at home for your next party? For all you cocktail enthusiasts, here is a recipe:

  • 2.5 oz. Cachaca
  • 1 Lime
  • 2 tsp Superfine sugar
  • Crushed ice

Enjoy the pride of Brazil in the comfort of your kitchen!

[Image: Marco Langebeeke/Flickr]

Tags: Brazil, cachaca, caipirihna recipe, caipirinha, save the caipirihna

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