Friday, February 1, 2013

The Amazing Caipirinha and Cascaxi!

So tonight we had our first guests over for dinner!  Having received none of our own stuff thus far, we had to entertain using our welcome kit, and some creativity.  The evening went off without a hitch, thanks in part to our new friends, the Cascaxi and the Caipirinha. 

This is the illustrious Cascaxi (prounounced Cas-ca-shi), which I won at work during a rousing game of charades.  It is a Brazilian made-for-tv item, and, much to our surprise, it actually works just as depicted on the box.   Pineapple cups, WHAT?!

Then, having not yet even tried the real thing, Eric sleuthily tracked down a recipe for Brazil's national cocktail, the Caipirinha!

Eric's Top Secret Caipirinha Recipe (which he found on Wikipedia)
1 2/3 fl oz cachaça*
1/2 of a lime, cut into 4 wedges
2 tbsp crystal or refined sugar

*Cachaça is a distilled spirit made from sugar cane juice, available all over Brazil.

Place all ingredients into super classy cocktail shaker as seen below, and shake shake shake!

Pour and serve, preferably in your hollowed out pineapple cup!


 It should be noted that a traditional caipirinha is muddled, not shaken, but hey, we do the best we can with our limited kitchen.  A vote was taken, and, despite the shaken-ness,  this recipe was voted delicious!

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