Many people have never heard of Brazil’s most popular cocktail, the caprihania. Simple, yet distinctive. Also, Peru’s signature liquor, Pisco, makes for some very interesting mixing.

The Caipirinha

cocktails 12This cocktail features the Brazilian rum-like spirit Cachaca. Only distilled rum made from sugar cane juice from Brazil can be called Cachaca. You might think sweet, but it isn’t. The recipe is simple – the drink is strong.

– ½ lime (some recipes call for a whole lime), cut into small pieces (about thumbnail size)

– 1 to 2 T of sugar (I like to use raw sugar, called Demerara)

– muddle lime and sugar in a mixing glass (a muddler is a wooden bar tool great for mashing fruit for cocktails)

– pour about 2 oz. (or more) of cachaca (I used Cana Rio) into mixing glass, then add ice and shake vigorously

– pour into an old-fashion glass with ice

An interesting alternative to the lime is fresh oranges. Or for a Tropical Caipirinha, use a splash of Amaretto and 1 ½ oz. of orange juice in place of the lime. Add a splash of grenadine for color.

 

The Pisco Sourcocktails 11

Pisco is an Andean spirit distilled from grapes according to ancestral methods dating back to the 17th century. Pisco has a reputation of inspiring such free-spirited adventurers like Ernest Hemingway and Rudyard Kipling.

2 ½ oz. Pisco
½ oz. simple syrup
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice (don’t use reconstituted!)
1 egg white
Angostura Bitters

– In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine egg white, Pisco, simple syrup, and lemon juice.

– Shake vigorously, until egg white breaks down, and strain into an up glass.

– Top with a few drops of bitters.

 

Pisco Menage A Trois

1 ½ oz. Pisco
2 oz. Riesling wine
½ oz. simple syrup
3/4oz. fresh lemon/lime juice
8 white seedless grapes

– Combine all the liquids in a shaker and shake.

– Muddle 8 white seedless grapes in an old-fashioned glass, add ice and contents of shaker

– Stir and serve.

 

“The Perfect Cocktail Spot”

Have some ideas for the “perfect cocktail spot” – a place where the scenic view or atmosphere of the locale was just, well – perfect?  One of my suggestions is sipping one of the many martini selections at the Tini Martini Bar on the porch of the Casablanca Inn in St. Augustine, Florida. As the sunset created a pink glow on the harbor scene across the street, my Georgia - Florida 115wife Stephanie and I cherished the scene – and our delicious pomegranate martinis.

Comment on your pick for the “Perfect Cocktail Spot,” and we may include it in future cocktail stories on Travellady.

Photos by Stephanie Sylva