World "I need a drink in my" Cup

By Chris O'Neal 07/10/2014

The USA is out of the World Cup (spoiler alert), which means that the only reason to watch the World Cup now is for the off chance that a few puppies will run out onto the field and join in on the fun. If you’re one of the lucky few who still have a team in it to win it, there’s something you should know: The entirety of the host country Brazil will have fun regardless because of their national drink, the caipirinha.

What makes a caipirinha (pronounced ki-pe-REEN-ya) unique is the use of the Brazilian not-rum-but-almost spirit cachaça (pronounced ka-shah-sa), an alcohol distilled from sugar cane. Rum is distilled from molasses, which is the key difference between the two. Furthermore, cachaça retains its freshness better than rum and so I prefer it in rum-based cocktails, too, but don’t tell any purists or pirates that.

You can find cachaça at most liquor stores in Ventura County, usually toward the end of the rum aisle.

Here comes the tricky part: pull a Bruce Banner and go Hulk-smash all over the lime and brown sugar in the bottom of your glass with a muddler. If you’re a heathen and don’t own a muddler, you could use a spoon, the end of an ice cream scoop or a tiny fist. Add ice and the cachaça and give it a good stir.


The Official Caipirinha World Cup Cocktail Recipe

1 teaspoon of coarse brown sugar
3 or 4 lime wedges
2 ounces cachaça

The best part about this cocktail is how diverse it can be. Like the many teams in the World Cup, profiles vary. Add half of a very sweet tangerine to make a caipirinha de tangerina; add strawberry, kiwi, etc., to make whatever the heck you want to call it.

If there’s anything that gets Americans more excited than the World Cup, it’s practically everything. Liven up your experience with a nice caipirinha or 12 and soon you’ll be pulling red, yellow and purple cards on the family dog before being sent to the lockers for rowdy behavior.

Chris O’Neal is a four-time World Cup champion who has scored several points. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @agentoneal.



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