Caipirinha is the national cocktail of Brazil, and I can see why. It’s freaking delicious and refreshing. Traditionally it’s made with cachaça (a sugar cane-derived liquor), sugar and lime. For this week’s Champagne Wednesday, we used a derivative recipe from Cookie and Kate that uses white rum and adds slices of cucumber, as well as club soda. Being that this is Champagne Wednesday, we further substituted sparkling wine for the club soda. So what we really have here is a derivative of a derivative. Which equals…I’m not really sure. I was told there would be no math.[fancy_link color=”black” link=”http://cookieandkate.com/2011/cucumber-cocktails/”]Cucumber Caipirinha from Cookie and Kate[/fancy_link]
Josh and I took the plunge this past Saturday. No, we didn’t get married. Well, we did but that was three years ago. No, no, this event was almost as important. We bought a new grill. It was definitely time. Our friend Brian helped us drag it home from the store, down the side of I-94…sorry about that traffic backup near Belleville, but we lost one of the wheels and I had to run after and retrieve it.
Just kidding. We put it in Brian’s truck. And drove it back. And we didn’t even take 94.
Anyway, as a thank you to Brian and a celebration of our newest member of the family (what? I take my grilling very seriously), we had Brian and a couple other friends over for burgers and things. Josh decided he wanted more mojito slushies at this particular event and I obliged. Two things made these mojitos even more awesome than the original version. The first was the substitution of pomegranate juice for the lime. My dear friends at Pom Wonderful sent me a free case of pomegranate juice. I love when this happens. Last time, I made pomegranate barbecue sauce, molasses and pomegranate-braised beef. This time, I’m making these mojito slushies and…well, a few other things that will be posted later. Continue reading