If you want to warm-up after a day of skiing, snow shoveling or just because its cold and wintry outside, you need to make yourself a hot cup of quentão.
Quentão is a hot alcoholic beverage traditionally served in June during, what are called, the June festivities in Brazil (Festas Juninas). In June it is already cold here in Brazil and a warm cup of quentão at an outdoor party is just the thing everyone needs to stay warm and have a good time.
The June festivities are celebrated throughout Brazil during the month of June in celebration of Saint John, Saint Anthony and Saint Paul. The parties are full of dance and games for children and adults. It is a wonderful celebration! Because it is not winter or June here in Brazil I will leave a more in-depth explanation of these festivities later (closer to June).
But, because it is winter in the northern hemisphere and a lot of you must be getting ready to brave the winter months I thought it would be nice to share a tasty hot beverage recipe so that you can try it out over christmas, new years and the long winter days to come!
This recipe is super easy, and as with a lot of drink recipes, I recommend you add or subtract ingredients based on your taste/liking.
Quentão is traditionally made with cachaça in Brazil, but if you do not have cachaça at home or if your local liquor store does not carry it, you can substitute the cachaça with rum!
1 cup white sugar
2 cups boiling water
2 lemons cut into thin round slices
3 cinammon sticks
1 piece of ginger cut into small cubes
1 liter of cachaça (or rum)
Put the sugar into a pan on low to medium heat until it is melted and just begins to caramalize. Add the water and allow to boil until you reach a runny caramel sauce. Add the lemon, cinammon, ginger and cachaça (or rum). Put a lid on the pan and leave to boil for approximately 5 minutes. Serve while still warm in small cups!