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CORAL GABLES---It s tempting to call
cachaca a Brazilian rum and think of the
caipirinha as another muddled tropical cock-
The upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
may change that. Brazil s national cocktail
and unique distillation of sugarcane juice into
a clear liquor are poised for the kind of world-
wide exposure enjoyed by tequila after the
1968 Olympics in Mexico City and Australian
wines after the 2000 Summer Games in Syd-
"We Americans love to consume the
Olympics and travel there without going
there by drinking and eating and celebrating
the culture of whatever the host country is,
so I think a lot of people are going to be
watching the Olympic Games with a caipir-
inha in their hands," Leblon Cachaca President
and CEO Steve Luttman said in a recent
Cachaca (pronounced ka-SHAH-sah) and
rum share origins in sugarcane but they are
Cachaca, by definition, must be produced
in Brazil with fresh sugarcane juice and contain
alcohol by volume of 38 to 48 per cent. Rum
can be made anywhere, and it s usually made
from molasses and distilled at higher per-
centages of alcohol by volume.
The US formally recognised cachaca as a
distinct product of Brazil in 2013 after the
two countries signed a trade agreement (in
exchange, Brazil recognized bourbon and
Tennessee whiskey as distinctive US prod-
The market for cachaca has steadily grown
over the last decade, alongside the liquor
industry s targeting of US consumers growing
appreciation for premium rums. In April, 10
cachaca producers seeking US distribution
occupied a significant amount of trade expo
space at the Miami Rum Renaissance Fes-
When Leblon launched in 2005, US cachaca
sales totaled just a few thousand cases sold
mainly in Brazilian restaurants. Now owned
by Bermuda-based industry giant Bacardi,
Leblon boasts annual sales of 50,000 9-liter
cases, Luttman said.
"We found that when anybody consumed
cachaca with the expectation of a rum, it
tastes very different," said Luttman, who led
a "Legalize Cachaca" campaign to have the
liquor recognised independently from rum.
While the caipirinha s sweet, tropical flavors
may resemble a mojito, it s closer in spirit to
a margarita, according to Luttman.
"I would say that cachaca is more similar
to tequila than rum," he said. "It s more similar
to making tequila than it is to making a rum,
in the context that they both use fresh juices
from the raw material, from the fruit."
As the caipirinha has gained popularity in
many bars, particularly those that hosted
viewing parties for Brazil s World Cup two
years ago, some bartenders now mix variations
of the cocktail with vodka or sake and add
strawberries, oranges or other fruits.
A true caipirinha---cachaca mixed with
limes and ice---seems light but requires pre-
cision when mixing, said Rafaella Demelo, a
Brazilian native and bartender at Bulla Gas-
trobar, a Spanish bar and restaurant in Coral
"It s a very simple drink but it s very hard
to get it right.
"Not only do you have to know the amount
of liquor to put in it but also the amount of
limes to put in it, and the sugar as well," she
said while mixing a caipirinha during a recent
Aside from proper amounts of cachaca and
white sugar, half a lime should be cut into
cubes, "because a caipirinha is not only about
the juice of the limes, but also about the bit-
ters, the skin of the limes," Demelo said.
Shake the ingredients with ice and pour
into a glass without straining.
"It has to be everything you used to make
a caipirinha straight to the glass, otherwise
you re not going to have the lime, you re not
going to have the smell," Demelo said. (AP)
10 in alleged
RIO DE JANEIRO---Brazilian police arrested
10 people who allegedly pledged allegiance to
the Islamic State group on social media and
discussed possible attacks during the Rio de
Janeiro Olympics, officials said yesterday.
Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes said in
the capital, Brasilia, that 10 suspects had been
detained and two more were being sought. All
are Brazilian, and one is a minor. The gender
of the people was not given.
Police acted because the group discussed using
weapons and guerrilla tactics to potentially
launch an attack during the Olympics, which
begin Aug. 5, Moraes said.
However "they were complete amateurs and
ill-prepared" to actually launch an attack, Moraes
said. "A few days ago they said they should start
practicing martial arts, for example."
Still, Moraes said even disorganized groups
should be taken seriously.
The arrests were made in 10 different states,
including Sao Paulo and Parana in the southern
part of the country, and it was not clear whether
the suspects knew each other beyond their
online contacts. Moraes said there were no spe-
cific targets for an attack.
Moraes said they had all been "baptized" as
Islamic State sympathizers online and none had
actually traveled to Syria or Iraq, the group s
stronghold, or received any training. Several
were allegedly trying to secure financing from
the group, known by the acronym ISIS.
The justice minister said one of the suspects
communicated with a store in Paraguay via
email in an alleged attempt to by an AK-47
assault rifle, apparently the most concrete action
taken toward a possible attack. That email com-
munication was intercepted by police.
Brazilians are allowed to possess small firearms
but must have a license and training to do so.
Only members of the military may possess
assault weapons like the AK-47, although those
and other firearms are common place especially
in slums controlled by drug gangs.
Moraes said authorities seized computers,
cellphones and other equipment, but no
Last week the top military aide for Brazil s
interim government said concerns over terrorism
had "reached a higher level" after the attack in
Officials did not raise the country s terror
alert level Thursday following the raids.
Security has emerged as the top concern dur-
ing the Olympics, including violence possibly
spilling over from Rio s hundreds of slums.
Authorities have said they will be prepared and
that some 85,000 police and soldiers will be
patrolling during the competitions. (AP)
LONDON---Baseball has a rival for in-
clusion in the Olympics: Jousting.
Ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics,
the English Heritage charity launched a
campaign yesterday for the ancient
equestrian sport to be included on the
program at future editions of the games.
English Heritage's Lucy Hutchings says
jousting "requires similar levels of athleti-
cism and artistry as other official Olympic
sports" and has its roots in ancient
It's unlikely to happen anytime soon.
Jousting, which sees competitors wearing
armor gallop toward opponents thrusting
a lance, is not a mass participation sport.
The International Olympic Committee
already has a shortlist under considera-
tion to be added to the program for the
2020 Tokyo Games. The IOC will select
one of baseball-softball, surfing, skate-
boarding, karate and sports climbing at a
meeting next month. (AP)
English campaign for jousting to feature at Olympics
..for Brazil's national cocktail
Bartender Rafaella Demelo shakes all the contents as she prepares a caipirinha at Bulla, a bar in Coral Gables, Florida on May 10. It's
tempting to call cachaca a Brazilian rum and think of the caipirinha as another muddled tropical cocktail. The upcoming Olympics in Rio de
Janeiro may change that. Brazil's national cocktail and unique distillation of sugarcane juice into a clear liquor are poised for the kind of
worldwide exposure enjoyed by tequila after the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and Australian wines after the 2000 Summer Games in
Sydney. AP PHOTO
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