The countdown is on for the opening of the FIFA World Cup 2014 hosted by Brazil, the home of the beautiful game. Soccer has long since been an integral part of the culture of this country, along with the samba, the bright lights and glitz of the annual Carnival celebration and of course, the nation's drink of choice – Cachaca.
In South Africa, whilst we have developed our own furvoured passion for soccer much like the Brazilians, when it comes to their national spirit of Cachaca, a lot still needs to be learned. You may have seen its popular incarnation, the Caipirinha (pronounced kai-pi-reen-ja ) on a cocktail menu's but many do not know the history & unique characteristics of this refreshing concoction...
"Slave's Drink" – the word Caipirinha literally translates from Slave or Peasant's Drink as it was the hard working sugar cane field workers that originally developed it, using the local ingredients that they had to hand. By fermenting the available sugar cane juice with a simple ground corn starter, distilling and mixing with lime (also a plentiful fruit in Brazil), thus was born the basic Caipirinha. With time, the methods of distillation, maturation and mixing were refined and perfected, thus creating the perfect balance of sweet, sour and refreshing that is now enjoyed by people all over the world.
With the world's eye's firmly fixed on Brazil for the duration of the tournament, and with our local soccer fans glued to their tv screens, perhaps now is the perfect time to dust off your muddler, liberate your inner Brazilian and try your hand at making your very own beautiful cocktail...
You will need:
- 1 large lime
- 50ml Germana Cachaca
- 1 heaped tablespoon of castor sugar/20ml Sugar Syrup
- Crushed ice
- Cut the lime in half, and each half into smaller pieces . Throw into your tumbler with the sugar and half of the Germana Cachaca. Muddle lightly to extract the juice from the limes, add the rest of the Germana and stir. Top up with crushed ice and stir to combine. Enjoy!
Every bottle of Germana Cachaca is lovingly hand crafted at the small family owned Germana Distillery in Minas Gerais, Brazil. With its rich aromatic flavour, but pure, clean finish this spirit can be enjoyed neat or as a base in a variety of cocktails.
Did you know? Brazil produces over 1.5 billion litres of Cachaca every year, but only a meager 1,5% of this gets exported – the rest is happily consumed by the thirsty Brazilians!