From an international point of view, all Brazilian beers taste the same: they are all lagers or pilsners, as any other type of beer would not agree with the weather. Given an option, ask for Devassa, Skol or Cerpa.
A light draft beer on tap. Preferred over bottled beer. Ask for Devassa or Brahma.
The most refreshing alcoholic mixed-drink in the world! Cachaça, lime, sugar and ice. Great on any occasion: bar, restaurant, clubbing, breakfast. Just don’t buy it from street vendors, as they sometimes use ice made from unfiltered water that can make you sick. Also, try the caipivodka (with vodka) and the caipisake (with sake, duh). And some trendier bars offer it with different fruits: pineapple, strawberry, tangerine etc. When given a choice of cachaça, opt for the ones from Salinas or for a carioca like Magnifica.
Very creamy drink, will get you drunk without you knowing it. Coconut milk, rum, sugar and other stuff blended into a milkshake.
Cachaça (pr: ca-sha-ssa) Only for the macho. Straight cowboy shot of pinga. You won’t need to display your ignorance further.
Cachaça with honey, mixed to a point where you don’t taste the cachaça at all. You can drink it all night and wake up sober. Now that’s responsible boozing.
Brazilian wines haven’t quite made it yet. While down here, go for the affordable Santa Carolina, or the full bodied Casileiro Del Diablo from Concha&Toro.
The most popular Brazilian soft drink, great on any occasion.
(Reg. Trademark AmBev SA LTDA)
A strong-flavored iced tea from the south of Brazil, made from the mate herb. Available in diet or regular and in natural or lemon flavored.
(Reg. Trademark Leão LTDA)
Coconut water, not milk. Very good for whenever you are dehydrating. Two will cure most hangovers.
Since tap water is not drinkable in Brazil, you should always look for bottled water. SEM GAS = non-carbonated, COM GAS = carbonated.
(Reg. Trademark Alimentos e Bebidas Campos do Jordão LTDA)
Since the weather is hot, you don’t want to walk around with a steaming pint of coffee, so people drink shot-sized cups of very concentrated coffee, to get the kick without raising your body temp.
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