Carnival will be starting soon in Brazil… In fact, it will be celebrated officially from the 9th to the 12th of February this year, although — according to my cousins living down there — it actually started this past November. It is what we call “prévias de carnival.” I know: My people love to party!!!
During Carnival, the entire country and millions of tourists are partying — to different rythms. In Northeastern Brazil, we have basically frevo and maracatú rythms in the cities of Recife and Olinda while trios elétricos and Afro-Brazilian blocos heat up the Carnaval in Salvador.
In Southern and Southeastern Brazil, Carnival mostly features the worldwide famous samba.
With so much sweat being generated, the ingestion of liquids is necessary to hydrate the body during the four-day-long dancing marathon.
So for this year, I thought a refreshing fruit drink would be appropriate. The recipe that I am sharing with y’all today is called Caipilé (Caipirinha with Picolé) which is a caipirinha with a popcicle. That’s right! So in this way, Carnival participants will get twice the refreshment.
If you are neither celebrating carnival in Brazil nor Mardi Gras in New Orleans, you can still sip this delicious drink anytime –especially in the summer high temperatures.
Well, cheers!!!!!!!!!! After all, with or without carnival, every day is time to celebrate life.
Berry Caipilé with Tangerine Popsicle
(Caipilé de Frutas Vermelhas com Picolé de Tangerina)
Segment: Brazilian cuisine
3 quartered strawberries (stems removed)
3 whole blackberries
2-3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup crushed ice
About 1 cup of sparkling water (for a non-alcoholic version) or 1/4 cup of cachaça or vodka (alcoholic version)
1 tangerine popsicle
Place the 2 first ingredientes into a cup; then, spoon the sugar on top of the fruits. Using a pestle, mash the fruits, add the crushed ice and sparkling water or cachaça/vodka. Place popsicle in the cup. Decorate as desired. Cheers!
Receita em Português:
Caipilé de Frutas Vermelhas com Picolé de Tangerina
Serve 1 pessoa
3 morangos (folhinhas removidas e partidos em quatro)
3 amoras inteiras
2-3 colheres de (sopa) de açúcar granulado
1/4 xícara de gelo picado
Aproximadamente 1 xícara de (chá) de água com gás (para uma versão não-alcoólica) ou 1/4 xícara de (chá) de cachaça ou vodka (versão alcoólica)
1 picolé de tangerina
Modo de Preparo:
Coloque as frutas em um copo e depois acrescente o açúcar por cima. Machuque as frutas com o amassador de fazer caipirinha. Adicione o gelo picado e a água com gás ou cachaça / vodka. Coloque o picolé dentro do copo. Decore à gosto. Tchin-tchin!!
Images from Wikimedia Commons:
* From Galo da Madrugada – author: Ygorrj359
* Chiclete com Banana – Origin: Bell Marques/Author: Roger
* Carnaval Rio – GRES PORTLELA, 2008.