Happy World Cup!
Since the World Cup is in Brazil, it only makes sense to celebrate with food and drinks that hail from the country. Brazilian food is known for its fruits like guava, papaya and passion fruit, but if you're throwing a World Cup party, the easiest festive thing to throw together is the Caipirinha. The Caipirinha is the national cocktail of Brazil, and it's so easy to make. Plus, it's incredibly refreshing and sweet. What could taste better as the weather heats up? Turn on that high-stakes soccer game and mix up a classic Brazilian cocktail!
Caipirinha roughly translates into "country bumpkin" and it is made with cachaça, a sweet Brazilian rum. The great thing about a Caipirinha is that it can be made with whichever seasonal fruits are available, making it an incredibly versatile cocktail. Justin Noel of Casa, a Brazilian restaurant in New York City's West Village, recommends limes in his recipe. (Also, it's pronounced ky-pee-REE-nyah, if you were wondering!)
This drink has been popular in Brazil for ages, but sales of cachaça have even grown in the United States as well. The New York Times has even observed the Caipirinha's ubiquity in many trendy New York bars. Cachaça is made from sugarcane juice, which makes it very sweet. This is a drink that can go beyond the World Cup too. The sweet Caipirinha could easily become a regular in your summer cocktail repertoire!
Watch the video above to learn how to make the perfect Caipirinha for a World Cup viewing party.
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Try these other Brazilian recipes!
This year Brazil is hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup — here are some incredible local dishes to help you channel that Brazilian spirit.
This delicious bean stew is often referred to as the national dish of Brazil, so you should try it at least once when you visit the country. It’s made with black beans and a plethora of salted pork and beef products (like pork trimmings, smoked pork ribs, bacon, smoked sausage and jerked beef), all cooked up in a big clay pot. In some parts of the country, they also add vegetables like cabbage, kale, potatoes, carrots, okra, pumpkin and sometimes even banana. These are often added at the end of the cooking process so the juices from the stew can infuse them without making them limp. The end broth is usually a glorious, dark-purplish brown color.
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Moqueca de Camarão
This Brazilian fish stew with fried shrimps is one of the country’s most famous dishes. It’s easy to make, has great texture, and is full of flavor. The shrimp is fried in palm oil with spices and coconut milk added at the end along with tomatoes, peppers and vegetables.
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Romeu e Julieta
This is a quick and quick traditional dessert of guava paste and white cheese stacked on top of each other. The paste has a sweet, slightly gritty quality that, combined with the saltiness of the cheese, makes it a big winner. Brazilians eat it as a kind of dessert sandwich or with a piece of paste and a piece of cheese on a fork… no definitive word, though, on why it’s named after the famous Shakespeare play!
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This tasty meal is made from shrimp, coconut milk, bread and a special paste made from finely ground peanuts and palm oil. The shrimp can often be swapped out with chicken, tuna or cod if you want a heartier meal and it’s often eaten with white rice or acarajé.
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Peeled black-eyed peas are mashed into ball then deep-fried (similar to falafel balls) in palm oil. They’re then split in half and stuffed with green and red tomatoes, fried shrimp, spicy pepper sauce and a variety of other ingredients.
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Pão de Queijo
This is a simple but popular dish, often eaten as a snack or just before a meal (or as a meal depending on how many you eat, really). They’re really just little, doughy buns with cheese in the middle, baked until they’re golden brown. They’re crispy on the outside but fluffy and juicy on the inside.
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This is really Brazil’s answer to the chicken pot pie — it’s a baked casserole usually made with chicken, olives, hearts of palm, corn and other fillings. If you’re not keen on chicken you can use beef, shrimp or any other type of meat instead.
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Chocolate lovers are in for treat when they visit Brazil — the country takes their chocolate very seriously! This bonbon dessert is a hot favorite year-round: They’re chocolate truffles made with cocoa powder and condensed milk instead of cream and covered in chocolate sprinkles.
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A baked dessert made of egg yolks, sugar and ground coconut flakes baked into a round cake-like shape… it’s seriously sweet, and seriously addictive.
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