Summer is coming to a close in New York and unfortunately, for those drinking seasonally, that means saying goodbye to some choice refreshments. For me, this means flaking on a warm weather favorite – Caipirinha.
Although Montauk is almost 5,000 miles from Brazil, the country’s national cocktail has found asylum at the laid back retreat The Surf Lodge. Montauk, located 125 miles east of New York City, boasts a sensible, subdued attitude. With six state parks and a coastal lining of beaches, the casual fishing village has become a major tourist destination. The Surf Lodge embodies the local attitude and integrates it with international/Latin American character. Perched directly on the placid waterfront of Fort Pond, it is commonplace to have your toes in the sand, hammocks slightly swinging, tikki torches blazing, stand up paddle boarders gliding through the water, and of course a satisfying cocktail in hand.
Thus, the perfect cocktail for this Latin American surfer lifestyle has to be Caipirinha. I recommend the following recipe for this Brazilian pastime:
2 ounces cachaca
1 1/2 barspoons of sugar or 3/4 ounce simple syrup
1/2 fresh lime
Fresh ingredients is a must when creating cocktails. Like cooking, sub-par ingredients will yield a poor drink.
A Caipirinha requires cachaca. Cachaca is made from sugarcane juice and comes only from Brazil, who happens to be the world’s largest sugarcane producer. It is typically aged in indigenous woods such as freijo, cedar, imburana, cherry, and jequitiba. These foreign sounding woods are what gives cachaca its funky, exotic, herbal aromas and excite the taste of a well made Caipirinha.
With cool weather on the way, it’s time to say “adeus” to The Surf Lodge and Caipirinha. Fortunately, the lodge is open year round and cachaca and caipirinha are sold at restaurants, stores, and bars across the United States. Share some of your experiences and recipes for caipirinha by leaving comments below. Also, be sure to check out the restaurant at The Surf Lodge commanded by Top Chef star Sam Talbot. It’s worth the hike.
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