Throwback to December 7, 2015
When the Hebrew prophet Isaiah uttered these words around 740-681 BC (Isaiah 22:13), he wasn’t quite promoting a life of revelry and bacchanalian pleasure. In fact, he used it to describe the superficial and careless attitude of man in the face of an uncertain future. So when we sipped the Caipirinha and Piña Colada at the launch of these specialty cocktails in Sobremesa, we quaffed in moderation, rather than with abandon.
Paired with Chef Benjo’s celebrated coffee-crusted rib-eye, the modern-day versions of these national drinks of Brazil and Puerto Rico use a common ingredient – Cachaca, a distilled spirit from sugarcane juice.
In 1918, Caipirinha originated in Sao Paolo as a blend of lime, honey & rum prescribed for patients with Spanish flu during the influenza pandemic of 1918-1920. Much earlier, the Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresi created a beverage of coconut, pineapple and rum to boost his crew’s morale.
What an amazing thing that one need not be a flu-stricken victim or a despondent pirate today to enjoy these cocktails. Head on to Sobremesa, and eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow brings another day to live a wonderful life.