My wife and I stayed overnight in London earlier this year and after a fantastic day enjoying the sights and sounds of the capital we succumbed to our rumbling tummies and settled down in a very funky latin american restaurant near Soho – Salsa on Charing Cross Road.
It was a great place to chance upon and we were lucky to end up there. The music was great, the décor funky and interesting. Plus it was busy and bustling with loads of friendly people having a great time together. All in all a great atmosphere, and an ideal place in which to grab a bite to eat and have a few bevies.
The best thing though was that we noticed all cocktails were half-price, so about £2.25 – not bad for London.
It was also clear from looking around at other people’s tables that they were a popular choice, rather than the bottles of Sol and San Miguel on offer.
And what a great selection there turned out to be: Margaritas, Daiquiris, Mojitos, and a delicious drink which was new to me – the Caipirinha.
As national drink of Brazil, the Caipirinha is a sassy drink designed for those who are sweet and sour. The prime ingredient, cachaca (distilled from sugarcane), tastes a bit like rum and with fresh lime, sugar and ice tossed in, is a delicious refreshing drink and one that slips down all too easily!
Caipirinha Ingredients (per drink)
Use a tumbler (low glass)
• 50ml Abelha Cachaça Silver or Abelha Cachaça Gold – buy it from Waitrose, or many other supermarkets in the UK
• 1/2 a Lime
• 2 heaped teaspoons Castor Sugar (fine white sugar)
• Crushed Ice
- Cut the lime into quarters and then cut out and throw away the white core of the lime as it’s bitter. Cut the corners into smaller bits, and put half a limes worth in the tumbler glass.
- Add 2 heaped teaspoons of sugar. Castor sugar dissolves consistently, but you can use Demerara or any other sugar if you wish. All appear to be used throughout Brazil and across the World.
- Muddle (squish) the limes. If you don’t have a muddler, use a rolling pin or similar implement, or just simply squeeze the juice out of the lime bits with your fingers.
- Fill the glass 3/4 full with crushed ice.
- Pour a 50ml shot of Cachaça over the ice.
- Mix but don’t stir the drink.
- Top the glass up with ice, uncrushed or crushed, and add a straw.
- Drink, enjoy and repeat until drunk!
How to make a caipirinha cocktail from Abelha Cachaca on Vimeo.
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