Posts Tagged ‘brandy’

Caipirinha

Saturday, March 19th, 2005

caipirinha

3 oz. cachaça
1/2 lime (large)
1 Tbsp. sugar

Cut lime into quarters
Place in bottom of 6 – 8 oz. glass with sugar and muddle well.
Fill with crushed ice, followed by cachaça. Stir.

Cachaça is very much its own beverage — distilled from fermented fresh sugar cane juice, it’s related to rum, but often called a brandy. There is a wide range of qualities — in Brazil, cachaça has historically been a proletarian drink, but a premium market is the rise. Perhaps the most commonly available brand in the US is Pirassununga Cachaça 51, a middle-of-the-road industrially produced cachaça. I wouldn’t care to drink it neat, but it has a peppery, tequila-like quality that makes Brazil’s gift to cocktails, the caipirinha, more like a margarita than its rummy relative, the daiquiri.

Caipirinhas are quite the trendy tipple these days, and they’re fast becoming a favorite of mine as well. Citric, icy-cold and spicy-sweet, they’re not particularly suited to drizzly 50°F March evenings, but I’ll be laying in a respectable supply of cachaça and limes come summertime. There’s a fairly broad variation in recipes … most call for a whole lime, which I find excessive if you’re using large, lemon-sized fruit. The volumes of sugar, cachaça and ice vary as well. The inference one should draw from this is that cachaça is delicious when served on the rocks with lime and sugar.

Pisco Sour

Saturday, March 12th, 2005

1 1/2 oz. pisco
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 egg white
1 dash Angostura bitters

Shake well with ice and strain.

This Pisco Sour is a lovely, silver, frothy affair thanks to the egg white. It’s mighty refreshing as well — not at all too sweet. Don’t omit the Angostura unless you absolutely must, as it adds a welcome complexity to the drink. The recipe above is from CocktailDB. Other recipes call for making a blended drink of it, but as with the Ramos Gin Fizz, I prefer to shake-and-strain for a shorter, smoother, less watered-down drink. I also just don’t like blenders much. They harsh my mellow.

I made the above with Alto del Carmen Reservado, a Chilean pisco. Note that Peru lays claim to originating pisco and there’s a bit of kerfuffle between the two countries regarding just whose traditional beverage it is and where Chilé gets off calling their stuff pisco, what with the eponymous city of Pisco being Peruvian and all.

Champagne Julep

Wednesday, December 31st, 1969

Fill medium size Shell glass ⅓ full Cracked Ice.

2 teaspoonfuls Bar Sugar.
2 sprigs bruised Mint.

Pour Champagne slowly into the glass, stirring gently at the same time.
Dress with fruit; dash with Brandy and serve with Straws.

French Pousse Cafe

Wednesday, December 31st, 1969

Fill a Pousse Cafe glass ½ full of Maraschino and add: Raspberry Syrup, Vanilla, Curacoa, Chartreuse and Brandy in equal proportions until the glass is filled. Then proceed as for Abricontine Pousse Cafe.

Brandy Punch

Wednesday, December 31st, 1969

Fill large Bar glass ¾ full Shaved Ice.

2 teaspoonfuls Bar Sugar dissolved in little Water.
½ Juice of 1 Lemon.
¼ jigger Santa Cruz Rum.
1½ jiggers Brandy.
1 slice Orange.
1 piece of Pineapple.

Shake; dress with Fruit and serve with Straw.