What better way to end a day…

…than with a new drink?!?! (new to me anyway)

There is a wonderful aroma coming from the kitchen. I just sat down to work on a post when there was a request from the kitchen for some cocktails. I couldn’t turn down the request, my dinner is being made for me as I type this.

An order for a Caipirinha (kay-peer-reen-ya).  I was told the recipe was right on the bottle of Ypioca Cachaca Crystal. And it was.


Cut a lime in 4 pieces and put it in a glass. Add 1-2 tablespoons of cane sugar and crush. Add 1.5 ounces of Ypioca. Fill with crushed ice. Stir well and enjoy!

Did you see a mention of soda or a mixer of any kind? Me neither. But I made it following the recipe and it was very well received. I took a little sip *WOW* and then made my own drink. Too strong for me. I did use the same bottle, but modified it adding Fresca. Don’t judge. It’s tasty.

I am sipping it right now.    

And here is the fun part… it says right on the front of the bottle. “NAO CONTEM GLUTEN” which as you can probably guess means, does not contain gluten. (in Portuguese)

Then I find out through a little research that it seems all product packages in Brazil let you know if they have gluten in them or not. If only!

Dinner is served- venison tenderloin sautéed in garlic, thyme, butter and onions from the garden. (last ones!) Topped with herb garlic goat cheese and a side of rosemary broccoli florets and stems.

I think I have enough energy now to finish up the “newbie” post.

Tell me YOUR it’s-only-Wednesday-and-I-wish-it-were-Friday-gluten-free-end-of-the-day-drink!