One of Brazilís most popular drinks
Ingredients: 1 lime cut in quarters, sugar to taste, jigger (3 tablespoons) of cachaça*, crushed ice, 1 teaspoon gin.
How to prepare:
1. Place lime quarters and sugar in a short glass.
2. Squash with pestle until lime juice is extracted.
3. Add cachaça and ice.
4. Finish with gin, mix and serve.
Yield: 1 serving. Multiply ingredients according to number of servings required.
Hint: Remove the white internal vein of the lime as well as the pips (seeds), in order not to embitter.
FRUIT '' BATIDAS''
Ingredients: fresh fruit juice, sugar to taste, jigger of cachaça per serving, crushed ice.
Example: Strawberry - Use a pound of strawberries mashed with a fork then placed in a blender with 3/4 teacup of sugar and a teacup of cachaça. Beat with ice. Serve in small glasses (about a dozen servings)
Other juices, such as pineapple, passion fruit peach, cashew, lime, grapefruit, etc., are also good "batida" mixers, as well as coconut milk.
Hint: If you want a creamy style "batida", use condensed, sweetened milk to replace sugar, or just add canned cream to taste.
*Cachaça is a popular rum-like liquor made in Brazil. See http://www.webtender.com for more recipes of this kind.
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