New York, 30 December 2006 â€”The holiday season has been a busy time for the high-end of contemporary art.
Earlier this month, pilgrims, collectors, dealers, bankers, style
editors and revellers headed for the warm weather and lavish VIP
openings and parties at Art Basel Miami
Beach. Others travelled to the Sao Paulo
in Brazil. And some fearlessly took in TropicÃ¡lia: A
Revolution in Brazilian Culture
on view until 28 January 2007
at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York.
One way to bring back all the warm flavours and
ambience of these tropical excursions is to include Brazilian cachaÃ§a in
your holiday entertaining. Made from pure pressed sugar cane, cachaÃ§a is
the national spirit of Brazil. A relative of rum (typically made from the
molasses of sugar cane), cachaÃ§a is made straight from the juice of
unrefined sugar cane, left to ferment in vats made of wood, or often
copper, boiled down three times to get a sticky concentrate, and distilled
in such a way that the scent of sugar cane is kept. And while cachaÃ§a
has a past somewhat less sordid than rum â€” used to trade African
slaves for the West Indies, or Indian laborers in Central America
â€” it was, nevertheless, the favoured drink of African slaves,
peasants and working class Portuguese in the early days of colonial Brazil. Today, cachaÃ§a is popular in parts
of Western Europe and is rapidly finding its way into hip cocktail recipes from Seattle and Los
Angeles to Miami and New York..
To celebrate the holiday season, one of Miamiâ€™s top
mixologists, David Ortiz, has offered a few of his
favorite cocktails made with Boca
, a twenty-year-old artisan, premium cachaÃ§a from
state of Sao Paulo.
Classic Caipirinha (Brazilâ€™s national
1 1/2 oz Boca
Clean and cut a lime
into eight wedges. Place the lime and sugar into your glass and mash
the ingredients together to create a paste. Add ice equal to
your glass then add the Boca Loca. Itâ€™s important to keep stirring
to keep the sugar mixed well.
2 1/2 oz of Boca Loca
Stir and strain into a frosted cocktail glass. Serve with green
1 oz Boca Loca
1/2 oz triple
1/2 oz lime juice
1/2 oz cranberry juice
Shake Boca Loca, triple sec, lime and cranberry juice vigorously
in a shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass, garnish with a
lime wedge on the rim, and serve.
Boca Passion Fruit
2oz Boca Loca Cachaca
1oz Passion Fruit
1/2oz Fresh Lime
2 Bar spoons Condensed milk
Place all ingredients
into a blender.
well, pour into an elegant martini glassâ€”or your favorite
cocktail stemwareâ€”garnished with fresh passion fruit and
This is a very fresh, traditional drink in
Brazil. Almost any tropical fruits can be substituted.
1 oz Boca Loca
1 splash Cola
Build ingredients in order listed in a glass, with cola on top,
and serve. Garnish with a orange wedge.
3 Bottles Boca
2 Bottles Tequila
1 Bottle Vodka1/2 Bottle Whiskey
gallons fresh Orange juice
0.5 lb Sugar
lemons into wedges and mix all ingredients in large container.
1 Â½ oz Boca Loca
Splash Red Ruby orange juice on top (fresh
squeezed, if available),
garnish with orange wedge & cherry
(serve in high ball glass on ice).
1 1/2 oz Boca Loca
Dash of Tabasco sauce
Dash of Lemon
Over ice in a tall glass, add spices, then the Boca Loca. Fill
with tomato juice & stir. Garnish with a celery stick & lime
2oz Boca Loca
1oz AÃ§aÃ Berry Juice (from the exotic Amazonian AÃ§aÃ
(AH-sci-EE) berry, a Brazilian fruit bursting with antioxidants (can
be found at Whole Foods or speciality gourmet stores)
4 lime wedges
In a rocks or
old-fashioned glass muddle lime wedges. Add crushed ice and AÃ§aÃ and
Boca Loca Cachaca. Mix with a bar spoon. Taste for balance. If it
needs a little more sweetness then add more AÃ§aÃ. If more tartness
then add more lime. Not strong enough then you know what to
Available at finer bars, restaurants and liquor
stores across the United States, a 750 ML bottle sells for
$21. Boca Loca
(Portuguese for "crazy lips") is imported by Meyer Marino Import