A Hairy Icecube

  • Written by Gareth
  • February 18th, 2014
  • About Drinks


Are there any South American spirits that don’t kill you?

Since I moved to the part of London I wrote about in one of my earlier posts I’ve been a regular at the local Brazilian restaurant. Well, to be honest, I’d been a few times before I moved, but now they know me by name.

I make no secret of the fact that I like Caipirinhas, only when I drink them, I rarely remember anything that happens.

This has happened on pretty much everywhere I’ve ever had one. What is it about the mixture of cachaca, sugar, lime and ice that is so potent. I suppose it helps when the barman is liberal with his liquor, but even when you don’t know them you end up passed out dribbling on the pillow.

I’ve taken many a friend to Preto, and without fail, the next morning I get a text saying: “I can’t go into work today Gareth - what the fuck happened?"

Only last week, I was there with a friend and his lady friend. She said to him, ’Rob, you know I can drink much more than you don’t you. I can definitely out-drink you.’

About 90 minutes later, Rob and I were paying the bill while Alix was passed out on the table.

Cachaca isn’t the only one either. Have you ever had a civilised night when you’ve been drinking tequila? Or pisco? No? What about firewater (aguadiente)? Thought not. I suppose rum may offer you a slightly nicer hangover, but when it’s in a Zombie, well...


If you want to try some deliciousness, follow my (scientific) steps to drinky heaven:


  1. Carve a lime into 8 wedges and throw into a shaker.
  2. Add a good blob of sugar (I like the taste of brown, but the locals use normal white sugar).
  3. Bosh is all about into a slurry.
  4. Add a double cachaca.
  5. Add some more cachaca (death to those who don’t).
  6. Add some ice and shake it.
  7. Dance.

Pisco Sour

  1. Carve a lime into 8 wedges and throw into a shaker.
  2. Add a good blob of sugar (about 25 grams).
  3. Add a double pisco.
  4. Add some more pisco (vital).
  5. Add 1/4 of a fresh egg white (fresh - none of the watery stringy stuff).
  6. Add some ice and shake that bitch up.
  7. Toss it into a glass and add a few drops of Angustura bitters.
  8. Dance.

Frozen Margarita

  1. Salt the rim of a glass.
  2. Juice a lime and add it to a blender.
  3. Add a double tequila.
  4. Add some more tequila (important).
  5. Add a good blob of triple sec.
  6. Add some sugar or sugar syrup.
  7. Blend the bugger on high until it’s like a Slush Puppy.
  8. Dance.

All of them are missing something

Do you know what it is? A mixer. Yes, these are all pure alcohol, ice and lime. And you know what? They’re delicious.

As a final note - if they can make your lead developer dance - how can they be a bad thing?

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