Nothing Says Holiday Celebration Like a Caipirinha Throwdown
|All in favor of decapitation, say "aye."|
Apparently each had previously boasted of their caipirinha prowess, loudly, and thus a challenge was born.
|Executive Chef Michael Bloise of Sushi Samba Dromo.|
We all brought booze to Sugarcane's affair, covering an entire table - everything from Woodford Reserve Bourbon, to a few bottles of Johnny Walker to a funky Russian Christmas beer delivered by Asia de Cuba's Sean Bernal.
DaSilva brought a big bag of chicharones to the table along with her caipirinha, a tempting bribe for the judges (myself included, easily bribed by pork anything) but then Bloise made this amazing smoky apple version, decisions...decisions...
In the end, DaSilva's traditional take on Brazil's national drink won out, and since she's Brazilian, that seems predestined. However, Bloise wins our award for Miss Congeniality for certain.
Here are some photo highlights from the showdown:
|A deep bag of chicharones courtesy of Paula DaSilva.|
|The winning drink gets some serious muddling.|
|All ends well with a group hug.|