Rio, I’ll Be Watching


There are lots of opinions about the Olympics.  Good, bad, uplifting, indifferent, commercial, political . . .

“All its manic neediness, demanding attention from all corners of the globe, 24 hours a day for two weeks straight, dishing out prepackaged, overdramatized “sport” to the delight of corporate sponsors everywhere.” (

The opening ceremonies with the Parade of Nations. The best athletes ALL those nations present to “wow” us in the next two weeks with their prowess of the human body, coming together on a global stage in a tenuous peace.  And a nod to ancient history in Greece with a fledgling democracy and their Olympic festivals to honor the “athletic ideal” (

No matter what your views of that once-every-two-or-four-years extravaganza, the Olympics, you should have a cocktail, right?


I’m going with the best-known Brazilian cocktail, the Caipirinha, “little peasant girl”.  I’m using Pitu “the lobster” cachaca (pronounced kah-sha-sa), made from fresh cut sugar cane juice and typically not aged whereas rum is made from molasses, a by-product of cane juice, and aged.

So what does it taste like?  Here we go!


For my tastes, a little like a white rum mixed with tequila, and similar to Pisco (which, also, always reminds me of tequila), the brandy hailing from Peru and Chile.

Per serving, use 1/2 lime cut into quarters and muddle with 2 tsp. sugar to release the juice and a little of the oils of the lime peel.  Add 2 (or 3) shots of Cachaca, pour over ice, and get ready to enjoy the Games!

Saude (sah-oo jee)!



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