World-renowned chef, author and Emmy-winning television personality Anthony Bourdain visits Bahia, Brazil, in the season finale of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," airing Sunday, June 8, at 9 p.m. ET. Follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.
Residents of Bahia, Brazil, may be getting ready to play host to many of the 2014 FIFA World Cup matches, but their lively Afro-Brazilian culture is proudly on display in the streets and on the beaches year-round.
Amid the state's intoxicating samba rhythms, colorful art scene and vibrant lifestyle is an equally intoxicating cocktail of lime, sugar and cachaça - the caipirinha, which just happens to be Brazil's national drink.
"What’s magical about this cocktail is the first taste, it’s like, 'I don’t know man. It’s a little too something.' And then that second sip, it’s like, 'aw, that’s kinda good.' Then the third sip, it’s 'where are my pants?'" host Anthony Bourdain says as he guzzles one in the streets of the capital city of Salvador.
For the season finale of "Parts Unknown," muddle up this refreshing drink at home and let your cares slip away to the beat of the drums.
Morgenthaler: "Cachaça is one of the most rustic spirits in the world. The national liquor of Brazil, cachaça is made from the juice of fresh-pressed sugarcane, which is then fermented and distilled. Unlike rum, which is usually made from molasses, cachaça retains the fresh, grassy, vegetal flavors of the cane juice.
It would be tough for cachaça to claim its position as the third-most-consumed spirit in the world if it weren’t for the simple, peasant-like preparation of a drink known as a caipirinha. With nothing more than a little sugar and lime to ameliorate the rough edges found in many cachaças, this is one drink that’s more than the sum of its parts."
1/2 lime, quartered lengthwise, and white membrane removed
Combine the 4 lime wedges and sugar in the bottom of the Old Fashioned glass. Muddle the lime wedges with the sugar to release their juices and grind their oils from the peel. Add the cachaça.
Fill the glass with crushed or cracked ice and serve.
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