Thursday, August 16, 2018
Bars & Spirits

Celebrate the Summer Olympics closing ceremonies with this Brazilian cocktail

The 2016 Summer Olympics ended in Rio on Sunday night, so if you're already missing them like we are, try making this popular Brazilian cocktail.

It's called a "caipirinha," which translates to "peasants' drink" and is named so because of how the masses drink it on almost every beach in Brazil. It is made with a base of cachaca, sugar, ice and any kind of fruit. Cachaca is a Brazilian rum distilled from sugarcane juice. It is billed as a sweeter rum, but our initial tastings brought sharp bitter notes at the beginning — hence the importance of the sugar in the drink. This is a traditional caipirinha, which uses lime as the fruit.

Scott Pollenz, Times staff writer

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