Thursday, March 1, 2012

Blame it on Rio

On this day in 1565 the city of Rio de Janeiro was founded.  More than just a city, the name Rio has become more of a state of being.  Famous for Carnival, white sand beaches and dances like the Bossa Nova, Rio is also the home of a first class drink.

      The Historical Inebriant:  Caipirinha


2 teaspoons granulated sugar
4 Key limes, halved and seeded, or 2 small, juicy limes, quartered
2 ounces cachaça

Sprinkle the sugar over the limes, and muddle them in the mixing glass part of a Boston shaker until the sugar is dissolved and the lime juice is released. Pour an old-fashioned glassful of cracked ice into the mixing glass, add the cachaça, and shake to incorporate. Return all the contents to the old-fashioned glass.

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