Leblon Cachaça Celebrates Rio 2016 with Global Caipi-Hours and Lemon Lime & Blue Caipirinhas

Leblon Caipi-Hour celebrations to be held in Rio de Janeiro, New York, Hollywood, Paris, and 10 other cities throughout October.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (PRWEB) October 5, 2009

Leblon Cachaça announced today a global celebration of Rio de Janeiro winning the 2016 Olympics bid with multi-city Caipi-Hours, and the creation of a new delicious Caipirinha: the Lemon, Lime, and Blue Caipirinha.

The recipe will appear at multi-city Caipi-Hours throughout October, including Rio de Janeiro, New York, Hollywood, Paris, London, Boston, Dallas, Miami, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Bangkok, Sao Paulo, Lisbon, and of course, Chicago, which will be presented with a special Chi-town Consolation Caipirinha: Blackberries and Honey with a sprig of mint.

The Lemon Lime and Blue Caipirinha

2 oz Leblon Cachaça
3 Lime Wheels
3 Lemon Wheels
6 Blueberries
2 Teaspoons of Superfine Sugar (or 1 oz. Simple Syrup)

Cut lime into (3) 1/8" wheels and cut lemon into (3) 1/8" wheels and place into shaker.

Add 2 teaspoons of superfine sugar, or 1 ounce of simple syrup.

Gently muddle fruit in shaker for 10-15 seconds, extracting juice from lemon and lime wheels

Add Leblon Cachaça

Fill rocks glass to the top with crushed ice.

Add 6 blueberries.

Shake or stir, mixing blueberries, ice and lemon-lime fruit thoroughly.

Garnish with Lemon, Lime, and Blueberry combination.

For Chicago, a special 'Chi-Town Consolation Caipirinha' will be served: a Blackberry and Honey Caipirinha with a sprig of mint.

Chi-Town Consolation Caipirinha

2 oz Leblon Cachaça
6 blackberries
1 lime wedge
1 oz. of honey simple syrup (4 parts honey to one part hot water)
2 sprigs of mint

Place blackberries, lime wedge, and honey simple syrup into a shaker.

Gently muddle for 10-15 seconds, extracting the juice from the blackberries and lime.

Add Leblon Cachaça

Fill rocks glass to the top with crushed ice.

Shake or stir well to thoroughly combine all ingredients

Garnish with a mint sprig

"The Caipirinha is Brazil's National Cocktail, and it's become the hot drink. It's only fitting that everyone celebrate with a Caipirinha worldwide," said Tony Abou-Ganim, Las Vegas Mixologist.

While Brazil won the 2016 Olympics bid, Cachaça (ka-SHA-sa), Brazil's national spirit and key ingredient to the Caipirinha, is in a fight of its own here in the United States. Brazil has petitioned the U.S. government to recognize Cachaça in a similar fashion as Cognac, Champagne, and Tequila, and not as currently required to be labeled: as "Brazilian Rum." Cachaça was created in 1532 in Brazil, 100 years before Rum's creation in the Caribbean, and can only be made in Brazil from Fresh Cane, according to Brazil's normative production laws.

"We all support the recognition of Cachaça as its own appellation, and stop this silliness of calling it Brazilian Rum," said Mr. Abou-Ganim.

In support of the other countries in the bid for the 2016 Olympics (Madrid and Tokyo) Leblon has created cocktail recipes in their honor.

King Carlos Caipirinha

2 oz. Leblon Cachaça
½ oz. Lime juice
Dash of Simple Syrup
½ cup chopped Watermelon
1 stem of Cilantro
½ small Chili

Muddle the chili, cilantro, watermelon and simple syrup. Add Leblon Cachaça, lime juice, ice and shake sharply. Strain over ice into a highball glass. Garnish with a stem of cilantro and two watermelon balls.

Far East Caipirinha
2 oz Leblon Cachaça
1 oz. sake
2 oz. lychee puree
½ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. vanilla & lemongrass & chili
Small pieces of lemongrass & chili
Champagne - to top
Glass-Highball

Muddle chili and lemongrass in a shaker. Shake with remaining ingredients except Champagne. Strain over ice into a highball glass. Top with Champagne and stir well. Garnish with lemongrass straws.

For more information on the Leblon Caipi Hour celebrations, go to http://www.lebloncachaca.com.

For more information about the recognition of Cachaça in the U.S., go to http://www.legalizecachaca.com.

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