Caipirinha in Copacabana

These days with good weather and an anticyclone close the British Isles reminds us the summer, and is the perfect time for a cool drink like Caipirinha. I’m making a job in the college for the radio. The theme is Rio de Janeiro and its culture, so now  I’m going to talk about this brasilian drink.

María Caipirinha \” Carlos Brown2

Neither the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, and the Cristo Redentor, Sugar Loaf and all are nothing if you are going to Brazil without trying the national drink. Lemon, rum (a special one typical from Brasil and made by sugar cane), dark sugar and ice. With these four ingredients and a dose of patience is obtained the Caipirinha and every traveler knows that you should mixed very well to get the perfect drink. Who hasn’t dreamed of taking a caipirinha on the beach in Copacabana, and enjoy the sun and beaches in the country of joy.

It seems that one of the secrets of the Rio to see live is the nectar of the gods called caipirinha. As his fame in 2003 by Brazilian President Lula Da Silva officially instituted typical drink of Brazil and to protect it he ordered a law to establish patterns of identity and quality for the caipirinha and is made it equal throughout Brazil, wanting to leave a good image to all tourists who come to Brazil. The recipe is simple: Cachaça graduation from 15 to 36 percent, to 20 degrees Celsius. Lime and brown sugar, you can add water to bring the alcohol content defines the text of the law. The law is flexible for sugar, but you can’t use colors or preservatives. Although alcohol is easy to drink and very refreshing, when it’s combined with ice. There are many varieties and has become so popular that many people miss you add vodka or rum instead of the sugar cane rum or cachaça.

The drink that today consume the majority of tourists, was in his day a drink for slaves, its origins lie in the sixteenth century, the slaves discovered this drink discovered by distilling fermented sugar residue and trying to give a high cachaça discovered alcohol, they could spend hours and hours toiling in the jungle with high temperatures, poorly clothed and fed, but not without the draft. At the beginning of 1800 you could say that was the spirit of Brazil, for Brazilians, whatever their social background they wouldn’t drink Portuguese wine, they just wanted to drink the Brazilian spirit, for them a symbol of freedom against the products of industry Portuguese and it was no wonder that since its origin under the Brazilian elite twisting the nose if accidentally discovered the powerful scent of distillate.
It was as strong as it did the former slaves who ward off evil spirits said.

No wonder they won’t like the rich, even ignoring the abundant and varied fruits of their land and that combining the natural juices with rum, slaves got different mixtures called smoothies. Had the most impact was the lemon shake, which later emerged the caipirinha.
He also continued his fame grew and soon after the independence of Brazil from Portugal to this day that has become a national symbol of Brazil. What It didn’t get the art, and literature got this drink, as long long time Brazil was seeking to break into international trade and today seems to have done thanks to the Caipirinha

There are countless varieties of cachaça, there are colored, flavored, with names of saints, football, women, and there is a car made of “marijuana.” I recommend you not take a cachaça where you see a place full of tourists, walk the streets and lose yourself, seek or ask a Brazilian where one would make a Brazilian caipirinha and certainly he is going to show you a site with that joy so characteristic of him.

My last recomendation is chose fine to use a sip or straw, cause the flavor changes because the sugar is on the bottom and the alcohol is on the top.

Anyway, I recommend taking the traditional Brazilian cocktail in a typical Brazilian restaurant situated at Cabrera 5065, “Mary Fulô, meaning Mary tart or” whore “cause in Brazil if they don’t know the name of someone you say Mary and a son will say “Ze” by Joseph. The name Mary Fulô or “negative Fulô” comes from the story of a slave (slaves had no name) you still cook won the heart of his master through the stomach and married him. This story is very popular in Brazil because there are many songs, poems and books about the subject.

To the end I left the Decalogue as taking a caipirinha:
1. Drinking
2. Pay
3. Spit
4. Exit
5. Back
6. Repeat
7. Fall
8. Sleep
9. Lift
10. Hangover cure


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