“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”

- Oscar Wilde

 

 

I love to eat and as a bartender I also love to taste new and different kind of drinks and mixtures. I want to be inspired by the people I meet and I want to discover the different cultures and styles. So this is the page for receipts, pictures of amazing food and drinks and the people who made them.

 

You can also learn from my experience as a bartender or chef. I try to add information to some things, if possible.

The 3 litre Caipirinha

Making a Caipirinha is not that easy as many people think. The less the ingredients, the more experience you need for making the cocktail. Every detail can change the whole taste. To much lemon and the cocktail is sour, to much sugar and you think you zipping on sugar water.

 

# What is needed for a good Caipirinha?

  • 4 to 6 quarter of lemon

  • 2 spoons of WHITE cane sugar (a good product is Acucar Guarani)

  • Ice, Ice, Ice... make it full of ice!

  • 2 or 3 ounces Cachaca (please no Pitu you can have so much greater Cachaca for the same price like Nega Fulo, Velho Barreiro or Ypioca.)

 

# Why white sugar and why not Pitu?


I know that a lot of people believe in the fact that a Caipirinha is made with brown cane sugar. I really don´t know where this comes from because originally the Caipi is made with white cane sugar. Why? Caipirinha was once a refresher for field workers in Brazil. The white sugar was cheap and tastes much more better than the brown one. I know a lot of people like the crunchy taste of the sugar cause it liquidates so much worse than it´s white brother. For myself: I just don´t like the caramel touch of the cocktail. Try the white sugar, you will taste the differences, believe me!!!


Pitu is a brand for Cachaca like Jack Daniels and Johnnie Walker for Whisky. It´s well manufactured of cause, but it´s a cheap mass product, just good enough for mixing cocktails with it. But in my opinion even cocktails earn much more respect, than using such products. In fact it´s sometimes not much more expensive using a better liquid. (I know personal taste plays always major role, but if you never try you never know.) Alternatives for Pitu in the same price range are for example Nega Fulo, Velho Barreiro and Ypioca.

 

# How do make a 3 litre Caipi?


Well a cocktail of that size is a challenge of course. Stirring is nearly impossible with the ice on top, so you should stir first with a bit of ice and Cachaca, putting more ice on top at last. You will need a big spoon (best is wood cause I broke my plastic spoon) and a lot of ingredients. The glass can be found in the internet of course.

 

Here the list:

  • 20 to 25 lemons (quartered in the end of course)

  • 500g to 750g white cane sugar

  • 2kg of crushed ice

  • 1 to 1 ½ litre of Cachaca

  • maybe Lime juice for seasoning (cause it´s difficult to add more lemons in the end)

 

After you finish this drink it´s quite easy to refresh it. Just add sugar, lemon juice, Cachaca and ice on top and stir again a bit. The ingredients will mix up and you can start zipping again.

 

Have fun!

will be continued...