quarta-feira, 2 de julho de 2008

Strawberry Caipirinha

Strawberry Caipirinha

6cl Cachaça

4 Strawberries

1/4 Lime - sliced

1 tbsp or 30g. superfine sugar(or 3cl simple syrup)

Place strawberries, sliced lime and sugar in a shaker and muddle well. Fill shaker with ice and add Cachaça. Shake vigorously and pour into a rocks glass.

Garnish with a strawberry.

So what is Cachaça anyways?

Cachaça is a Brazilian spirit distilled from sugar cane juice. It is the third most consumed spirit in the world behind only vodka and soju/shochu, the asian distillates made predominantly from rice. Historians date the initial creation of Cachaça between 1532 and 1550 in Brazil, predating the date of creation of rum (1651 in Barbados) by more than one hundred years. Unlike Rum, which is usually made from molasses, Cachaça can only be made from fresh cane juice, and can only be made in Brazil. 99% of Cachaça is consumed in Brazil - over 1.3 billion liters per year. Brazilian law requires that Cachaça be distilled no higher than 54% alcohol by volume, and bottled between 38% and 48% alcohol by volume. That being said, most export Cachaça has an alcohol content similar to vodka, tequila, rum, or gin - 40% alcohol by volume (or 80 proof).

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