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The Spirits of Central and South America

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Labor Day is almost here, and I'm craving some tropical drinks for the long weekend!  I look to Central and South America for some spirits to set the scene.  Pisco is one Peruvian option, distilled from grapes (18 pounds in one bottle).  Cachaca, pronounced kuh-SHA-suh, is necessary for the national drink of Brazil, the Caipirinha (kai-per-EEN-ya). So if you can't travel the world this weekend, get a little piece of the the tropics in your own backyard with some of these recipes from Anthony Caporale of Art of the Drink. 

Classic Margarita
1 1/2 ounces white tequila
1/2 ounce triple sec
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Juice of 1 lime

Shake until the tin is frosted, strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.
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Pisco Portón Sour
2 ounces Pisco Portón
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce simple syrup
1 ounce egg white

Shake until the tin is frosted. Strain into a martini glass, and float 1 drop of angostura bitters.
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1/2 lime, cut into eighths
2 teaspoons superfine sugar
2 ounces Cachaca

Muddle lime and sugar in a highball glass. Fill glass with ice, add Cachaca, and stir gently.
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  • Also discussed in the spirits of central and south America was the daiquiri from Old Havana. Will that recipe get posted as well?

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