Hi guys! Is everything good with you? Today we are going to talk about Brazilian Drinks!
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There is a great variety of Brazilian drinks and beverages and each one of them has a special characteristic. You’ve probably heard about Caipirinhas and Cachaça, but now you’re going to learn more about them and about other drinks we have!
Non-Alcoholic Brazilian drinks
Let’s start off with a list of non-alcoholic Brazilian drinks for those of you who like to maintain a healthy body 😉
This drink is loved by many tourists that come to Brazil and by Brazilians themselves. Açaí is known as an energy drink, purple in color and full of antioxidants. Açaí is a fruit that comes from the Amazon and can be found in several parts of Brazil. It is prepared in different ways, depending on the region. In Rio, for example, it is consumed cold, like ice cream, and eaten with a spoon. In Belém, however, it is common to eat acai at room temperature accompanied by a fried fish.
Coconut water is a great choice for those of you who like to relax on the beach or to enjoy after a walk and are thirsty for something ice-cold and sweet. Coconut water is the perfect beverage that helps stay hydrated and also, good for one’s health, as it has several minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. It is easy to find coconut water in almost every kiosk on the beach and also at supermarkets and green groceries.
Guaraná is considered the characteristic soda of Brazil. It is made from the fruit of Guaraná, which comes from the Amazon and it is known in various parts of Latin America. There are several brands that sell Guarana, such as Antarctica, Kuat and Fanta, and it is super easy to find at any supermarket , bar, restaurant and beach kiosk in Brazil.
The Chimarrão is a marzipan drink, similar to tea, extremely popular in Rio Grande do Sul. The gaúchos (name given to the Rio Grande do Sul natives), usually drink the Chimarrão in a cup (where the ingredients are placed), a straw, hot water and ground yerba mate. Chimarrão was consumed a lot by indigenous cultures in the past and nowadays, it has fans all over Brazil.
Cajuína is a typical beverage from Piauí, a state in Northeast Brazil. As the name says, it is made from Cashew Fruit (Caju in Portuguese), a very common fruit in the state. It is a non-alcoholic beverage that was invented by a pharmacist who wanted to find a remedy for alcoholism. Cajuína is served ice-cold and is quite refreshing.
Caldo de Cana (Cane juice)
If you like street food, then you can’t miss trying the famous caldo de cana. It is a juice extracted from sugar canes (which is also used as a basis for cachaça) and it is very common to have it with a side of pastel (stuffed savory pastry). It is a great option on a hot summer’s day since it is served extremely cold.
Alcoholic Brazilian Drinks
Now we will see the most popular alcoholic drinks in Brazil. You have probably tried some.
Cachaça is considered to be one of the most famous alcoholic beverages in Brazil! The liquor is extracted from sugar canes and it is used in several other alcoholic beverages, such as Caipirinhas. African slaves were one of the first to try the Cachaça and would use the drink as a source of energy on a hard day at work. The drink has become so famous today that there is even a National Cachaça Day: September 13th!
Who has never heard of it? This drink is one of the symbols of Brazilian culture and it is impossible to come to Brazil and not try one. Caipirinha is an alcoholic cocktail, made with cachaça, lemon, sugar and ice, and it is perfect for drinking at a bar with friends. You want proof? Come with us on our Lapa RioLIVE! where we will learn to prepare and drink the best caipirinha with the Rei do Limão.
A drink that has become so famous it even makes appearances on Brazilian funk tracks, Catuaba is very similar to wine. But we must be careful because it is strong. Some say that Catuaba is an aphrodisiac so it’s best not to drink it in large quantities lol.
Quentão is a very popular and commonly drank at Festas Juninas. It is a cocktail made with cachaça, water, sugar, orange peels, lemon, cinnamon, cloves and cut-up apples. Served hot, it has become a popular drink for the winter time in Brazil.
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