How about getting into the true Brazilian spirit with drinks that are popular in the country?Here we have selected five different delicious Brazilian cocktails that can easily be made anywhere in the world. Check them out!
The classic Brazilian cocktail is made from limes, sugar, ice and cachaça, or Brazilian firewater, which is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugar cane aged in barrels made from woods such as Amburana, Cariniana and epay (Handroanthus). There are several variations on classic caipirinha: these include caipirosca (where the cachaça is replaced by vodka), caipiríssima (where rum replaces the cachaça) and sakerinha (made with saké), all of which are just as refreshing and tasty. The only difference is that the use of cachaça imparts a sweeter and woodier flavour upon the drink.
Another variation of caipirinha which is also immensely popular in Brazil, caipifruta makes use of other fruits instead of the limes. The most appreciated variations use strawberries, passion fruit, kiwi fruit or the coromandel gooseberry (carambola). Traditionally, the vodka- fuelled caipirosca is made from only one type of fruit, but it is common to add extras such as condensed milk or cream. In these cases, however, the fruit drinks are known as batidas – cocktails made of fruit, alcohol, and some creamy element, normally condensed milk or ice-cream.
The drink known as Capeta (a term for the Devil) has this name because, in addition to the high alcohol content present in the cachaça or vodka, it also has stimulants such as guarana and aphrodisiacs such as peanuts, resulting in a potentially explosive and dangerous combination. This drink also contains condensed milk, Nesquik® and crushed ice. This drink is most popular along the Brazilian coast, and at Carnival time.
The drink known as Espanhola (which means ‘Spanish’) is the Brazilian version of sangria, and is made with red wine, pineapples, oranges, sugar and ice. Other popular versions are those with coconut milk and condensed milk, or even honey, replacing the sugar. This drink is traditionally served inside a pineapple.
Not all Brazilian drinks are iced. The hot drink quentão (literally ‘the big hot one’) is very common in the Brazilian winter, especially in local festivities such as the Feast of St John.
Made with typical Brazilian spices such as cloves, cinnamon and ginger, quentão is made from orange and lemon juice stirred in with cachaça. The drink is then heated, and must be left to boil for 10 minutes. It is served while still hot. In the South of the country, it is more common to use wine rather than cachaça.