Choosing Summer


In the words of the Beatles, it's been a long, cold, lonely winter. So with the first hint of sun and warmth, the ladies and I headed up to Rossy's pond to celebrate her birthday. The only plans we had were to eat, drink and be merry by the dock. And I had an idea for the drink.

Last year, my twitter friend Roberto was visiting family in Brazil, and kindly offered to bring me back a bottle of their famous liquor, cachaça. Also known as aguardente, cacha¸a is a fermented cane sugar based liquor, best known in North America as the base for a caiparinha — the national cocktail of Brazil.

With the addage "what grows together, grows together" in mind, I had a whole new cocktail in mind. Granted, I haven't done much research, so someone else may have come up with the same concoction, but I'm claiming this particular recipe as my own. Another friend dubbed it The Pond Water, and I think that'll stick. She also recommended a splash of blue curaçao to get the colour closer to that of our beloved pond.

It took a few tries to get the ratios just right, but I think we got it right with these. Try it out — and play around yourself — and let me know what you think.

The Pond Water

  • 20 ml cachaça ¾ oz
  • 50 ml unsweetened coconut water 1¾ oz
  • 15 ml simple syrup ½ oz
  • juice of ½ lime
  • ice

Pour all ingredients over the ice in a short tumbler. Stir gently and enjoy.

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