Sunday, June 20, 2010


One of the delights of visiting other countries is the gastronomic license to try just about everything that pleases the senses in the name of being open to new cultures. If you find yourself on holiday in Brazil, it would be almost rude not to experiment with the national tipple, Caipirinha. A fiery blend of lime, sugar, ice and a generous dose of ‘Cachaça’ the national spirit made from distilled sugar cane, its intoxicating effect is alarmingly quick to take hold. Just a few of these devilish drinks and you’ll soon be convinced you’re the next samba sensation, as you sway precariously near the edge of the balcony. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

So how best to enjoy caipirinha without spending the next day lying in your hotel room sweating cachaça from your every pore as you bemoan the worst headache you’ve suffered in living history? Locally based luxury travel experts Dehouche recommend asking the bartender exactly which type of cachaça they use and steering clear of the cheaply made ‘51’ which can bring on a headache at the first sip. Dehouche suggest instead asking for either ‘Sagatiba’ (Sah-gah-chee-bah) or Ypioca’ (ih-pee-oh-cah). Dehouche can’t guarantee you’ll wake up with a clear head if you imbibe excessively, but your choice of liquor brand could help to reduce your suffering.

These days it’s common to find new takes on the original such as ‘Caipivodka’ (made with vodka instead of cachaça surprisingly enough) or ‘Caipisake’ (made with guess what?) much to the distaste of many purists. Such is the controversy that this has even sparked a campaign against the use of ‘alien substances’ in the traditional caipirinha. Tasty as these alternatives may sometimes be; if you’re looking for the legitimate version, Dehouche can tell you the best place to find it, without the addition of ‘foreign ingredients’. Fortunately, there’s not yet a campaign against the use of other fruit combinations and bartenders keep coming up with mouth watering new recipes. In addition to the classic and unfailingly moreish lime, Dehouche’s favorites include: lime and ginger; strawberry and basil; pineapple and mint, and lychee. (The last three not altogether though please)

If you really develop a taste for cachaça, Dehouche can even help you arrange a private tasting at a secret address in Rio. Here the owners will invite you to tantalise your taste buds with some of Brazil’s finest aged cachaças, which are best drunk without the addition of any ingredient, foreign or otherwise.

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