You might have seen the neon green van or even the bikini clad cocktail waitress on their noble mission throughout NYC: “Legalize Cachaça” their mission and battle cry. Cachaça, a spirit made only in Brazil and only from pure sugar cane, has been recognized in the US only as Brazilian Rum. But that is all going to change as this grassroots movement has convinced our government to begin proceedings to legally recognize cachaça for its true roots – like a fine French wine – which will boost and protect its trade distribution. (Fun fact: the Brazilian government, in exchange, is recognizing the distinction between Tennessee Whiskey and Kentucky Bourbon).
Most importantly to us, cachaça is the main ingredient in caipirinhas. Muddled with sugar and lime, it is an ideal summer cocktail. Caipirinhas around the city:
BarBossa – airy Brazilian café and bar with various caipirinhas on the menu. Go for the jalepeño!
Churrascaria Plataforma – yes, this is one of those huge rodizio places that has advertisements in airline magazines. But those places also always have the best cuts of meat (unlimited!) and amazing salad bars. Ignore the geocities-style website, the caipirinhas here are legit.
Esperanto – this Brazilian & South American Bistro in the East Village is super reasonably priced (caipirinhas for $9!). Also serving a Passion Caipirinha with fresh fruit.
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