Seeking Brazilian refreshment
August 12, 2007 6:49 PM   Subscribe

Where can I order a caipirinha in Manhattan?
posted by liberalintellect to Food & Drink (9 answers total)
Most any of the better bars should be able to make one, since caipirinhas have been something of a fad.

Little Branch makes a pretty good one, and I'd certainly assume any of the mixology-oriented bars (Pegu Club, Death&Co., Milk&Honey, Blue Owl, Temple Bar, Flatiron Lounge, Employees Only, &etc.) could all make you one.
posted by kickingtheground at 7:19 PM on August 12, 2007

Esperanto on Avenue C and Zebu Grill on 92nd, between 1st and 2nd both do good ones.
posted by gaspode at 7:20 PM on August 12, 2007

Boca Chica, on Houston and first ave. Cuban, but they make a good one.

West 46th st, aka "Little Brazil," is swimming in them.

And here's NY Mag's directions to likely places.
posted by CunningLinguist at 7:34 PM on August 12, 2007

Some reviews from NY magazine.
posted by colt45 at 8:28 PM on August 12, 2007

If you're near SoHo you might want to try ñ.

33 Crosby Street, between Grand Street and Broome Street.

Freom Citysearch: Hidden away on one of Soho's more secluded streets, this little restaurant and bar (pronounced "en-ye") is the ideal spot for an intimate drink. Popular drinks at this Soho spot are the mojitos and caiphirinas.
posted by triptychrecords at 8:41 PM on August 12, 2007

Churrascaria Plataforma . Seriously some of the most bad ass caipirinhas I've ever had. It's on 49th between 8th/9th Aves.
posted by dancinglamb at 10:49 PM on August 12, 2007

The coffee shop at union square supposedly specializes in them, but I haven't had one there.
posted by BrotherCaine at 2:06 AM on August 13, 2007

Make your own.

My personal recipe (adjust as necessary for your own taste):

The day before you want to drink--on your stove--make simple syrup by dissolving 4 parts sugar in 1 part boiling water. (1-1/2 cups water and 6 cups sugar is plenty).

Empty glass.
Squeeze one lime. (I throw half the rind in the glass for color).
Add ice.
1 oz. simple syrup.
2 oz. cachaca.
Stir a little.
Add a splash of seltzer if it suits you.

If it's too sweet for you, back off the syrup by 1/4 oz.

posted by etc. at 6:18 AM on August 13, 2007 [1 favorite]

Boca Chica also has Brazilian food.

The coffee shop also makes batidas and caipiroskas. Their food isn't that good though.

Definitely try 46th st.

Go to the Ironbound in Newark.

Here's my caipirinha recipe:

Cut 1.5 limes into wedges. Trim bitter white rind from center of lime.
Muddle lime wedges with 3 T sugar in glass.
Add ice.
Add cachaca to double the amount of liquid in the glass.
posted by billtron at 7:23 AM on August 14, 2007

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