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Quentão (Hot Stuff)

Served: Hot

Standard garnish: citrus peel

Standard drinkware: Mug

Commonly used ingredients: 1 part cachaça

1 part water

Sugar to taste

Peel of two oranges and a lime

Cloves, cinnamon and ginger to taste

 

Preparation: caramelize the sugar with the spices and peels, then add the liquids. Boil for a few minutes then serve hot.

Quentão, which means "very hot" or "big hot one", is a hot Brazilian drink made of cachaça and spices. It is often served during Festa Junina. The sugar is first caramelized with the the spices, ginger and the peels. This mixture is then boiled with water for 10 minutes. The cachaça is added and boiled for another 5 minutes.

 

It is very common in southernmost parts of Brazil to substitute the primary ingredient of Quentão, cachaça, for red wine, due to this region being the largest wine producer in Brazil.

 

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