Brazil: Chocolate e Cachaca

So far we have enjoyed whole meals inspired by the week’s country. I know Brazil has amazing food but I decided to take a detour this week and focus on Martin’s reason for picking Brazil: brigadeiros and a cocktail I’ve always wanted to try a caipirinha.

A treat for Martin and a treat for me.

If you’ve been following along you know we have frequently used Deanna Cook’s Global Feast cookbook for our international recipes, this week was no exception!

The recipe for brigadeiros is simple and easy to make- it just takes time. You cook the mixture on top of the stove and then put it in the fridge to set for a few hours. Then the messy part begins with rolling the chocolate into balls and in either mini chocolate chips or rainbow sprinkles! You need to store them in the fridge but thats it! I will be making these again for sure!

Next is the delicious and refreshing caipirinha, a lovely combination of sugar, limes and cachaca.

What is Cachaca? First, it is pronounced “kah-SHAH-suh” and it is a distilled spirit made from freshly pressed sugar cane. It is exclusively made in Brazil, and is often referred to as Brazilian rum. It is important to note that cachaca is not rum, more like a second cousin once removed. Cachaca is made from freshly pressed sugar cane where as rum is made from sugar cane byproducts like molasses. So where rum has a rich, dark flavor, cachaca is more bright and fruity.

Next, what is a caipirinha? Pronounced “kai-purr-REEN-yah”, this drink is the national cocktail of Brazil and perfect for a hot day at the beach. It is made from limes, sugar, and cachaca. The first one I made I followed the recipe on the bottle and since, I’ve had lazy moments and just used lime juice concentrate from the grocery store and that version has also been really good.

Update: Since Brazil week, we made brigadeiros again and I think my favorite outside is semi-sweet mini dark chocolate chips. The brigadeiros itself is very sweet and it is well balanced with the semi sweet outside. So. stinkin’. Good!

Caipirinha

This recipe is from the back of the Pitu Cachaca bottle
  • 1/2 Lime
  • 2 Tbs Sugar
  • 1 1/2 oz Cachaca
  • Crushed Ice
  1. Cut half the lime into quarters
  2. Place sugar and limes in an old fashioned glass and muddle together with a muddler or spoon.
  3. Fill the glass with crushed ice
  4. Pour 1 1/2 oz of cachaca over the ice
  5. Transfer to a shaker, shake well
  6. Return contents to the glass, garnish with a lime slice and enjoy!
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