|Caipirinha. Source: Matteo Fini.|
|Blood Orange Caipirinha. Source: Minka6|
Nobody knows the exact origin of this potent concoction. But, it is agreed that the Caipirinha stemmed from an old recipe of garlic, lime, and honey to combat the Spanish Flu. In many cultures, distilled spirits were added to home remedies in order to hasten the recovery process. The Caipirinha was no different. One day, however, a hero decided to replace the garlic and honey with ice and sugar. As it is, the drink is still used as a cure for the common cold. I'm curious if sick kids in Brazil just drink Caipirinhas all day.
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If you want to try a great Caipirinha, go to Brazil. But, if that's not possible, try these spots in New York:
1. Ipanema Restaurant: Link
2. Berimbau Do Brasil: Link
3. Yuca Bar & Restaurant: Link
Here are a few recipes you can try:
1. Sakeirinha / Caipisake - Made with Sake instead of Cachaça: Link
2. Caipiroska - Made with Vodka instead of Cachaça: Link
3. Caipirinha: Link
4. Ginger Caipirinha: Link