The tickets have been bought, vacation days planned, Portuguese lessons have begun (kind of). We’re going to Brazil.

The talks about brazilian bikinis are endless. (I won’t be flaunting that look, let me tell you right now.) I will, however, be meeting the rest of Junior’s family and it’s the first time he’s been back in three years. There will be a lot of firsts and a lot of great memories formed. I’m not really sure what to expect of a New Year’s Eve in Rio but I can’t imagine a crazier place. It’s going to be a great trip.

When we go in December, it will be summer there and we’ll be out of the harsh NYC cold for two whole weeks. Until then, as the summer winds down here, it’s still warm enough to make these caipirinhas and dream about a time three months from now, in another hemisphere and another summer when we’ll be relaxing on the beach.

Caipirinhas are the national drink of Brazil and are typically made with cachaca which is made from sugarcane and very similar to rum. The only other ingredients are limes and sugar.

2 oz. Cachaca (or white rum)
1 Lime
1 T. Sugar

1. Cut limes in eigths and add to cocktail glass. Add sugar and mash limes and sugar together. This is what’s called “muddling”.
2. Fill glass with ice and add cachaca.
3. Mix together or add all ingredients to a shaker then pour into a cocktail glass.

To make enough for a large pitcher, just use the basic recipe of 2 parts cachaca to 1 part lime juice, 1 part sugar.


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