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Flan – the Brazilian Classic Way (Pudim de Leite Condensado)

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This dessert has so many different names (flan, pudim, custard, crème caramel, quesillo) depending on the country, but all recipes are similar. This is the Brazilian basic version and it is a little sweeter than the other ones. Serve it with fresh berries and whipped cream or just by itself!

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Flan – the Brazilian Classic Recipe (Pudim de Leite Condensado)

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This dessert has so many different names (flan, pudim, custard, crème caramel, quesillo) depending on the country, but all recipes are similar. This is the Brazilian classic version and it is a little sweeter than the other ones. This recpe and method was tought to me by my mom and it is by far the best flan I have I ever had! Serve it with fresh berries and whipped cream or just by itself!

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Guava and Cheese Mousse

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My sister, Karen, passed me down this recipe. It is so easy to make and so tasty!

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Dulce de Monkey

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This dessert is a twist on a family recipe passed along to me by my cousin Marcia.

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Blood Orange and Mint Caipirinha (Caipirinha de Laranja Vermelha e Hortelã)

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Caipirinha is the signature drink from Brazil. I believe that most of the people who enjoy a good drink – and know a little bit about Brazil – agrees with that statement.

The traditional Caipirinha consists of muddled lime and sugar that is mixed with cachaça and ice. It is refreshing with the perfect balance in between tart and sweet. I like to say that “caipirinha makes me dance” – and that is very true! Caipirinha has the power to make anyone dance.

Of course, that such marvelous drink has its variations… Besides the classic Caipirinha, I have other recipes for this concoction - such as Passion Fruit, and Pineapple-Mint - but there is always room for something new.

Taking advantage of the different citrus we can find in the US now, I created something with an original twist: Blood Orange and Mint Caipirinha. It’s a great drink, less acidic than the original version with a hint of fresh sweetness.

Since blood oranges are very hard to find in Brazil, I can say that, this time, I am putting an American twist into a Brazilian classic. And I like it!

Be aware: this drink can bring out the best qualities that the Brazilian people are known for! So, if you start to dance after a couple of sips, just embrace it! And enjoy being a Brazilian with an American twist for a little while.

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Pineapple-Mint Caipirinha

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Pineapple and mint is one of my favorite combinations. Caipirinha is my favorite drink. So why not join forces in one delicious beverage?! Pineapple-Mint Cairpirinha is a very refreshing drink. I would say it is a perfect summer drink, to enjoy by the pool or at the beach.

It certainly isn’t summer right now here in Indiana, but just a few days ago – when we were out celebrating my birthday – I had a pineapple and mint martini at a local restaurant. It was great! It took me back to summer for a few minutes… And I take that feeling any day! So if you are also missing summer already, try this refreshing drink and dream of summer days ahead!

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Passion Fruit Caipirinha

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Despite not being the most popular of the caipirinhas, passion-fruit caipirinha is my personal favorite. The combination of tart fruits with the cachaça and sugar is really refreshing and passion-fruit has the necessary tartness to make a perfect balanced drink. The seeds are crunchy and add personality to this exotic concoction, but if it they bother your palate, simply strain the drink to enjoy all the taste without the seeds. I keep the seeds in my drink, and I enjoy every bit of it!

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Caipirinha

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Caipirinha is a refreshing and easy to make drink from my home-country: Brazil!

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Clericot

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I had Clericot while I was in Punta del Leste, Uruguay, in February 2011. It’s the drink of choice in Punta.

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