Speedy mixed this boa idéia caipirinha over a month and a half ago but, at the time, I was more concerned with the amazing color of the drink than the drink itself. See, one time, Speedy and I had dinner with a friend and we talked in passing about our idea of the ideal place to live in. My friend loves living in the Philippines. Speedy is in love with Tuscany. I am absolutely enamored of the Caribbean.
In Speedy’s case, blame that Diane Lane movie Under the Tuscan Sun — the moment he saw it, it was Tuscany for him. Well, who wouldn’t love Tuscany? All those vineyards (a.k.a. quick access to great quality wines), the quaint and rustic houses… Even the idea of renovating a centuries-old house does not seem so revolting when you think of all the perks. Tuscany just sounds so romantic.
In my case, despite the endless times that we’ve seen the three Pirates of the Caribbean films (there was a time when Alex was obsessed with pirates and the Caribbean), it wasn’t Hollywood that made me fall in love with the idea of living in the Caribbean. I was looking for house designs a couple of years ago, found some great looking beach houses in Saint Kitts and Nevis, and coincidentally discovered that the two-island nation offered deals about a second citizenship. Literally, a passport to the world as a St. Kitts and Nevis citizenship means visa-free travel to a lot of countries that are wary of Filipinos who, they think, are all potential illegal residents (not that I can say they’re wrong). I went on to write a column about it (I can’t find it anymore), political and practical implications and all, but what remained in my mind were the beautiful houses with great views of the Caribbean Sea.
All of that — everything that I’ve written above — crossed my mind when Speedy handed me a glass of boa idéia caipirinha. And all because this cachaça-based drink is a blazing topaz blue that all I could think of was the sea under the sun between sunrise and noon.
Place the lime and sugar in a shaker. Muddle them together.
Pour in the cachaça, add ice and the Blue Curaçao.
Pour into a tall glass and have fun.