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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu June 20, 2015

Posted by Alex Sawit in Food & Drink, Happenings at the Shop.
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By Alex Sawit

June 20, 2015





   Just to be clear, I didn’t invent Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

   Haha, no, I’m not talking about the martial art. In that regard, it was the Japanese immigrant community who introduced jujutsu to Brazilians during the 20th century. Over time, the plucky South Americans used their signature panache to reinvent the Japanese import, resulting in a version of jujutsu which is now famously Brazilian in ownership. So successful was this Japan-to-Brazil transplantation that today, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is firmly established as one of the most popular skills of choice in the global sport of mixed martial arts.

   But I digress. What I’m talking about is the new, amazingly refreshing drink on our menu at the wine shop.

   If necessity is the mother of invention, then the need to quench one’s thirst is a motivation for creativity that all cultural communities across the world share. The inevitable and joyful result is what one could call “people’s drinks”. Perhaps the most famous example of a people’s drink is sangria – wine steeped with fruit in a pitcher – which the Spaniards invented and evolved as a fun way to beat the Iberian summer heat.

   In Brazil, the sizable Japanese community not too long ago came up with a people’s drink of its own. Just as they had done with their martial art, the immigrants introduced sake to the locals, in this case taking a classic Brazilian mixed drink, caipirinha, and reformulating it with Japanese rice wine. Known in Brazil as a sakerinha or a caipisake, the new drink can only be described as a perfect harmony of Brazilian flamboyance (lime and sugar) and Japanese samurai spirit (sake), served in a glass tumbler over a heap of crushed ice that wows you into submission.

   Invented in Brazil with Japanese techniques…just like Brazilian jiu-jitsu. It’s the perfect name with which to rechristen this drink (admittedly, it’s also easier for our customers to say, the majority of them finding it a struggle to pronounce the original names correctly).



   “This is better than a mojito,” is what folks around here have been excitedly saying about this Asia-meets-South America beverage, which tops at around 14% alcohol by volume.

   So drop in anytime for a winning bout of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It’s a knockout…haha, my bad, I meant tap out.







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