Nectar of the gods
Nothing like a Caipirinha to take the edge off a hard day of thinking and intellectual discussion.
What is a Caipirinha you ask, well
Those sneaky Brazilians also keep most of it for themselves:
Cachaça (Portuguese pronunciation: [kaˈʃasɐ]) is a liquor made from fermented sugarcane. It is the most popular distilled alcoholic beverage in Brazil. It is also known as aguardente (aguardiente), pinga, caninha or other names. Cachaça is mostly produced in Brazil, where, according to 2007 figures, 1.5 billion liters (390 million gallons) are consumed annually, compared with 15 million liters (4.0 million gallons) outside the country. Cachaça is, “…the product of the distillation of fermented sugarcane juice, with its alcohol strength anywhere from 38% to 80% by volume. When it is homemade it can be as strong as the distiller wants. Up to six grams per liter of sugar may be added.” Cachaça differs from rum in that most rum is made from molasses. Use of molasses allows for the use of the byproduct of sugar production and a smaller still but has the taste affected by heating. Cachaca can be classified as a “rhum agricole” which is rum produced directly from cane juice.
Figures from 2003 indicate 1.3 billion liters of cachaça are produced each year though only 1% of this production is exported (mainly to Germany). Outside Brazil, cachaça is used almost exclusively as an ingredient in tropical drinks, with the caipirinha being the most famous cocktail.
390 million gallons!
390 million gallons compared with 4 million gallons exported!
Clearly I have some catching up to do.
What is happening here you ask? Well,
Cachaça at work –
Details of the exact physiological response: you simultaneously have the effect of blurring as seen around my Brazilian dancing buddy, and you instantaneously develop the bum shaking ability to Samba… truly the most awesome fluid construct on the planet.
(Probably cleans windows quite well to boot!)
As any good skeptic will tell you, don’t take someone else’s word for it, if you want to be sure run the experiment yourself (after all good science is repeatable), so grab a Caipirinha, turn up your speakers and test it out – I’ll do it with you (click Play on video below)
Ai, Caramba! that’s good, truly the nectar of the gods – Cheers.