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Apr 11, 2008 06:04 PM

Raw sugar cane for Caipirinhas

Does anyone know of a source for raw sugar cane sticks--either online or in the NYC area?

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  1. Any Hispanic market and many Asian ones have fresh sugar cane. I see it all the time in NYC in Chinatown and the outer boroughs.

    1. just out of curiosity -- what exactly are you going to do with the sugar cane itself? Cut it up and... garnish a caipirinha?

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      1. re: dandandan

        I was thinking the same thing. That's about all I came up with as well. You couldn't use it as the sweetener.

        1. re: dandandan

          Yes, just as a garnish for the drink - a swizzle stick of sorts.

          1. re: JanRan

            I guess you are prepared to use a machete to cut the cane into small pieces to use for swizzle sticks/garnish?

            Usually Caipirinhas are served with a short straw to drink it with. A stick would probably get in the way. Don't want to poke your eye out.

        2. If you're looking for sugar cane *swizzle* sticks, you can find them in a number of liquor or grocery/gourmet food stores.

          Just do a google search for "sugar cane swizzle sticks" and a number of online retailers pop up. Also you might want to try Citarella on broadway.

          2135 Broadway, New York, NY 10023