Steamboat Sips: Bésame
April 6, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Margaritas and daiquiris, step aside — make way for the caipirinha.
Ushering in the taste of Brazil, Steamboat's newest Latin-inspired eatery, Bésame has a new cocktail with a spicy, yet sweet punch sure to leave a lasting impression.
"I love anything spicy, so I wanted to mix the authentication of Brazil but include those fresh exotic fruits that many Latin-inspired drinks have,” said Brittney Kaleikini, Bésame bartender.
A Brazilian-inspired Caipirinha — a cocktail made with Cachaça, a spirit similar to rum — is one of their new drinks on the cocktail menu that Kaleikini created.
Her version, the Bésame Caipirinha was concocted with her infused chili simple syrup, an addition that contributes a spicy, herbal kick to the daiquiri-like, margarita-like drink. All share the tropical combo of sugar, lime juice and spirit.
In the Caipirinha's case, half of a lime, cut into wedges, is muddled with simple syrup at the bottom of a rocks glass and then topped with Cachaça and ice. It's a simple drink, even if it does require a little elbow grease to make.
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"We're really excited to bring this culture and all these flavors to Steamboat because it's something very different that people maybe haven't tried before," Kaleikini said.
- 4 quartered lime slices
- 1 oz. chili infused simple syrup
- 3/4 oz. guava puree
- 1 ½ oz. Cachaça
Start off with your quartered lime slices and muddle those together.
"Depending on how spicy you want it — the longer you muddle it, the spicier it will get because muddling breaks up the spices," Kaleikini said.
Next, pour the simple syrup, guava puree and Cachaça into a cocktail shaker and shake it all together with ice to ensure the flavors all mix together.
Then take your sugar-rimmed glass and pour. Finish it off with a fresh lime wheel.