Welcome to the first installment of Ryan’s Corner. A new section on my blog that will allow the man of the house, my husband Ryan, to showoff his culinary skills and creations. I’m often criticized (for lack of a better term) by him for being too boring in my food choices, or non-adventurous. That’s when I usually start tuning him out, all while he’s going on and on about some way in which I can make the recipe “better” or “more exciting”. So this is my compromise – with his own blog section made to “showcase normal recipes with a unique twist on a level that anyone can make and enjoy.” We’re jumping out of the box people…and going beyond the ordinary!
A few months ago, Ryan and I went out to dinner at a Brazilian steakhouse to celebrate my birthday. We had never been to such a restaurant before, so it was quite an experience – an enjoyable one at that. One thing we particularly enjoyed (aside from some of the most tender, flavorful meat we’ve ever tasted) was the traditional Brazilian cocktail – a Caipirinha – made from the Brazilian rum, Cachaca. Such a simple drink in its original form, but of course, can easily be adapted in so many ways: mangos, jalapenos, strawberries…just to name a few.
So to avoid spending $7 per drink whenever we had a craving, we started making the cocktail at home. I, naturally, enjoy the traditional version (recipe posted below). Ryan, on the other hand, loves to toss everything but the kitchen sink into his – in this case, kiwi.
Enjoy! Or as they’d say in Brazil, Goste!
1/2 lime, cut into 3-4 pieces
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 oz. Cachaca (such as Pitu)
Place lime pieces in an old-fashioned glass. Muddle lime and sugar with a muddler or a spoon. Fill glass with ice. Add Cachaca. Put contents in a shaker; shake well. Return contents to the glass and serve.
Follow the directions for the traditional caipirinha with the following modifications:
* Less sugar – about 1 Tbsp.
* Muddle 1/2 kiwi (sliced) with the lime and sugar.