Latin Twist: The Brazilian-Champagne Cocktail


photo 3A few weeks ago, I wrote about adding a Brazilian twist to a traditionally-Cuban drink: the mojito. (You can read that one, here!) Now I’m back with a new one: The Brazilian Champagne Cocktail!

Meus queridos amigos,  my dear friends (in Portuguese!), I’m still doing the Brazilian twist thing. This time, it’s still with lovely Cedilla liquerwhich, as I’ve mentioned, is made with the açaí berry from Brazil. However in this drink, we’re adding “champagne.” Okay, it’s not really, champagne…but it is bubbly wine. This one hails from Italia. So, hmmm… maybe I should say it’s the Brazilian-Italian cocktail?

Well, no matter what we call it, the Brazilian champagne cocktail is perfect for sultry, steamy New York summer’s eves, like the ones we’ve had this week! It tastes great, luce muy bien (it looks beautiful!), and it’s a simple soirée sip.

So, you only need three ingredients for this drink:

1) Prosecco–I’m using Mionetto Sergio–which is dry and perfect for mixing;

2) Cedilla–which is the açaí liqueur I’ve mentioned; and

3) Blueberries–or your favorite fruit of the season for garnish!



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Maybe it was the dinner parties my mom always threw—or the hours I spent prepping and cooking alongside her (and then on my own!). Or maybe it was array of fabulous dishes that my family sampled in New York City’s richly diverse restaurants, but I’ve loved creating, savoring, and sharing food for as long as I can remember. Living in Spain, and later in Peru, also greatly influenced my life. These years abroad taught me Spanish—and about living in different countries--but also introduced me to teaching English as a second language, which I’ve done—mostly in the US-- for the past 20-plus (yikes!) years. I’ve authored two cocktail/tapas books, Mambo Mixers and Calypso Coolers, coauthored more than 15 others (mostly food related!), and raised two children. Now I'm chef and owner of my own restaurant, Mambo 64 in Tuckahoe, New York. My message is the same, whether I'm teaching, writing, running the restaurant or being a regular guest on the Spanish-language network Telemundo (on the morning show, Buenos Días Nueva York!). My belief in food—and the power of food—is far reaching, and is married with another one: the power of stories. I’m sure that if we could all sit down and have meals together, sharing both tastes and tales, we’d have peace on earth. Enjoy!

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