I was walking around Lincoln Center Saturday with a friend, just strolling and seeing what we could find. It’s really not hard to find cool stuff in the Big Apple, and at the very edge of Central Park sat this “Legalize Cachaça” truck. A caipirinha truck!? I couldn’t believe my eyes. Caipirinhas, Brazil’s national lime + cachaça drink has been a favorite of mine ever since I was introduced to them by my boyfriend on the beach in Mexico.
Although I wasn’t too sure whether cachaça (pronounced Kuh-Sha-Suh) was actually illegal or not, I’m sure I had been ordering a caipirinha at pretty much every restaurant I had been to in NYC. I’m aware this truck is actually just advertisement for a type of cachaça (Leblon), and to be honest, I was a little sad they weren’t serving fresh caipirinhas from their truck!
I know many people are not familiar with neither cachaça nor caipirinhas, but here in NYC, they are everywhere. So for all you people out there wondering how cachaça differs from other rums, it’s fermented from sugar cane juice rather than molasses. Yum yum yum, so if you’re of the drinking age, get yourself a caipirinha the next time you see one and don’t be afraid to butcher the pronunciation. [KY-PEE-REEN-YA]
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