What Caipirinha cocktails have in common with American rednecks

The Caipirinha is Brazil’s national drink. This amazing cocktail is made from fermented sugar-cane (known as Cachaça, or “Pinga”), lime-juice, sugar and water. Pictured above are rows and rows of Cachaça, all different flavours and strengths. 

And what Brazilians know as Cachaça, or Pinga, American Rednecks know as “Moonshine”. Pinga is a drink from the countryside of Brazil, and the word Caipirinha stems from “Caipira”, which was the Brazilian version of a redneck or hillbilly. Just as rednecks made their own whisky in bath-tub distilleries out in the sticks, a few thousand miles further south the Brazilians were doing the same. Everyone likes to get liquored up every once in a while, eh.

So a Caipirinha is a little redneck.

Here’s a video of raw sugar-cane being chopped out of the ground and cut open to release its sweet taste:

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