If you’ve never been to Brazil, one place to sample the country’s fun and relaxed culture is on West 46th Street off 6th Avenue in New York, a block known as Little Brazil. Brazilian culture thrives on the street, especially during the World Cup, when soccer fans throng to the restaurants to feast on feijoda and drink caipirinhas. I add an American slant to the traditional drink with the addition of blueberries, a native fruit that thrives in the cool climates of America’s northern states.
Servings: 6 Drinks
6 tbsp. fresh blueberries
1 tbsp. shredded mint leaves
3 tbsp. packed light brown sugar
Juice of 2 limes
8 lime wedges
18 ounces Cachaça or white rum
1. Fill the bottom of six glasses with ice cubes. Divide the blueberries and mint leaves evenly among the glasses.
2. Combine the sugar, lime juice, lime wedges, and rum in a pitcher. Muddle the ingredients, using a heavy spoon to crush them together. Pour the mixture into the glasses and serve immediately.