SEASON 2 | EPISODE 1
Hello and welcome to Brazilian English Podcast, I’m your host and teacher Derek Noble, I’m Brazilian and I have never studied English in my life. I have learned English through English materials that are interesting and appealing, like this podcast, for example. This is the first podcast 100% in English to talk about Brazilian culture and entertainment in simple and easy to listen Brazilian English. You’re very welcome to join our community of English learners on Instagram and on Facebook: my username is Inglês com Derek. Thank you very much for listening to this show and without any further ado let’s move to our second season! And this second season is so special, it is full of interesting materials and episodes that you will love, all right? Today, we’re gonna talk about the most famous drink we have here in Brazil: caipirinha!
Caipirinha is a Brazilian cocktail, made with cachaça (sugar cane hard liquor), lime and sugar. It is a refreshing, summertime drink. It is prepared by muddling1 lime and sugar and topped with cachaça and ice. It is served in a large rocks glass, not fancy2, more like an old-school glass. Caipirinha may be simple to prepare, but it requires a bit of physical effort to make it.
There are, nowadays3, many types of cachaça. Also, different types of sugar cane and wood are used in the process of aging. Some cachaças are aged in oak4 barrels. Some even have a cinnamon5 taste. Cachaça is produced in 20 of the 27 states of Brazil. However, what is the history of cachaça? When was it first produced? The world of cachaça is as rich and as varied as Brazil itself.
Well, Brazil was a colonial economy in the 16th century with most of its workforce6 composed of African slaves, unfortunately. One of the main products of the colony was sugar. Luckily, the slaves discovered how to make cachaça during sugar making. Currently, Brazil produces 1.4 billion liters a year. Most of it is consumed in our internal market.
Back to history, it was only in 1918 that the habit of drinking cachaça with lime as medicine is documented. It was common in the state of Piracicaba, to drink cachaça with lime, garlic, and honey to ease7 the effects of the flu. This custom was considered effective against the Spanish flu, in the early 20th century.
One day, someone brilliant decided to remove garlic8 and honey and instead added sugar and some rocks of ice and, Bob’s your uncle9, you get the most refreshing drink!
To prepare it effectively don’t forget: crush the flesh of the limes but not the peel10, that way it is not too bitter. Did you know that?
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1 – muddling – misturar
2 – fancy – chique
3 – nowadays – atualmente
4 – oak – carvalho
5 – cinnamon – canela
6 – workforce – força de trabalho
7 – ease – aliviar, amenizar
8 – garlic – alho
9 – bob’s your uncle – … e pronto!
10 – peel – casca, pele