How to Make a Watermelon Caipirinha, or the perfect cocktail to celebrate the Rio Summer Olympics

August 17, 2016 Nick McAfee 0

It’s been a while since I have written about a new cocktail on Broke & Thirsty, but I could think of no better time to begin writing again than the Summer Olympic Games in Rio!  To celebrate the warm days and the games, we will feature the national spirit of Brazil: Cachaca! Watermelon Caipirinha 2 ounces Cachaca 2 teaspoons sugar (to taste) 1/2 cup watermelon, cubed 1/2 lime, juiced garnish with lime wedge and mint sprig This rustic cocktail couldn’t be easier to make.  In a mixing glass, add watermelon and sugar, and squeeze in the fresh lime juice.  Muddle till the watermelon reaches the consistency of a rough puree.  Small chunks are fine, they give the cocktail more character.  Pour in the cachaca and shake for 15-30 seconds.  Pour the cocktail into an old fashioned glass filled with ice and garnish with the lime wedge and mint sprig.  Serve immediately and Learn More

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Technically Saturday: The Basics of Substituting Cocktail Ingredients

September 28, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

There are few things quite as frustrating as finding a great cocktail recipe only to realize that you don’t have all of the ingredients to make it.  Or that some of the ingredients are so expensive that you will never be able to justify stocking them in your bar.  Lucky for you, many cocktails will not suffer from some substitution if you don’t have an ingredient.  Like many aspects of mixology, experimenting is key after you know the basics. Basic Cocktail Ingredient Substitutions If you don’t have Cointreau, try: another orange liqueur triple sec curacao Grand Marnier Combier cherry liqueur pomegranate liqueur a floral liqueur such as St.-Germain Elderflower Liqueur a spicy liqueur such as Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur If you don’t have maraschino, try: other cherry liqueurs Cherry Moonshine triple sec a floral liqueur such as St.-Germain Elderflower Liqueur a spicy liqueur such as Domaine de Canton Ginger Learn More

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How to Make a Caipirinha, or what to make with cachaca

September 25, 2013 Nick McAfee 3

Cachaca is an amazing spirit.  This Brazilian twist on rum is not as sweet as you would expect but has an amazing flavor unlike any other.  While some people like cachaca straight, it is perhaps best in Brazil’s national drink: the caipirinha. The Caipirinha 2 oz Cachaca 1 lime, cut in quarters and then quartered again 1 tbs raw sugar Lime wedge for garnish (optional) Muddle the lime and the sugar in the bottom of a lowball glass.  It is important to cut the lime into small pieces so it is easier to muddle.  Once the sugar has dissolved in the lime juice, top with ice.  Pour in two ounces of chilled cachaca,  I recommend chilling the bottle in your freezer or briefly shaking the cachaca in  a cocktail shaker.  Serve straight or with a garnish. Caipirinha can be translated from Portuguese as “country bumkin” but is actually a drink with Learn More

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How to make an Orange Mango Batida, or winter is coming and I don’t care

September 24, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

There is a bit of a theme here and the theme that is developing seems to be “let’s make tropical drinks, particularly from Brazil, and pretend it’s not cold outside.”  This post is all about showing how versatile the recipe for the Batida can be and how the base spirits can change without a drastic change in flavor. The Orange Mango Batida 2oz Vodka 1 cup ice cubes 4 oz orange juice 1.5 oz simple syrup 0.5 oz lime juice 1/2 a ripe mango, pealed and diced Blend all ingredients together and pour into a highball glass.  The batida is an amazing workhorse.  Rum, vodka, cachaca; batida don’t care.  You can also use a variety of fruits and juices in the batida from coconut to pineapple to passion fruit.  I used Smirnoff vodka for this cocktail and the result was a wonderfully smooth and complex fruity drink where the alcohol Learn More

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The Mango Rum Batida, or drinking in denial of the Fall

September 23, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

Fall is upon us.  No longer should we be drinking sweet fruity drinks with copious amounts of ice.  But I for one am still in complete denial of the fact that winter is coming.  Today we are going to make a Batida, which is Portuguese for “shaken.” The Mango Rum Batida 2oz White Rum 1 cup ice cubes 1/2 cup whole milk 1.5 oz simple syrup 0.5 oz lime juice 1/2 a ripe mango, pealed and diced 1/8 teaspoon salt Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into a highball glass and serve.  This drink is straight up delicious and is a bit similar in taste to the Indian drink the Mango Lassi.  This cocktail traditionally uses Brazilian rum officially known as “cachaca,” but bad cachaca tastes like gasoline and good cachaca outside of Brazil is costs premium amounts.  So we will use white rum.  I Learn More