It turns out to be very, very difficult to find a well-known cocktail that starts with the letter Q. In fact, we ended up having to go international to find a Q-cocktail. And so today’s drink is the Brazilian drink known as the Quentão.
The Quentão, whose name is translated as “hot one” is a cider-like drink that is often served during a Brazilian festivity known as Festa Junina. (Thanks Wikipedia!) It uses Cachaça, a rum-like liquor produced primarily in Brazil.
The recipe we used can be found here:
- 1/4 cup White Sugar
- 3/4 cup Water
- 3 Tbsp. Cubed Fresh Ginger Root
- 1/2 Lime, Sliced
- 1 Cinnamon Stick, Broken in Half
- 6 1/3 oz. cachaça
Pour sugar into a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook while stirring gently until the sugar caramelizes and is golden brown, which will take a few minutes.
Carefully add the water to the caramelized sugar, stirring until the caramel is dissolved. Add ginger, lime, and cinnamon, bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, then let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add the cachaça and cook until hot, about five minutes. Strain, the serve. (Fox mugs are optional, but are encouraged!)
Our first thought while making this drink is that it smelled like Christmas, with a hint of lime. Before we finally got to tasting it, we were not sure what quite to expect.
The initial taste is pleasantly, sugary sweet. However, this flavor quickly fades into a citrusy sour from the lime. The aftertaste is surprisingly bitter, and lingers for some time.
Though the Quentão was unlike our previous drinks thus far, we ended up learning about a liquor new to both of us. Not only that, but we discovered a warm, surprisingly potent drink that would warm us on a cold rainy night.