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cachaça in the westside?!?!

alkylyou Apr 29, 2009 01:13 PM

help please!
i'm looking for a place to buy cachaça for tonight!
i know they have it at bevmo in torrance, but i can't get there before they close.
is there anywhere else more westside convenient (venice, culver, santa monica pref.)?
thanks!

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    NYCnowLA Apr 29, 2009 01:26 PM

    i would try Winehouse in West LA (nearer to Santa monica)

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    1. re: NYCnowLA
      alkylyou Apr 29, 2009 01:36 PM

      THANK YOU!

      ps. guess who's having caipirinhas and celebrating summer early?

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        NYCnowLA Apr 29, 2009 02:52 PM

        yum, where and what time?!?!?

      2. re: NYCnowLA
        streetgourmetla Apr 29, 2009 02:39 PM

        Yeah, the Winehouse has Ypioca ouro, get that!!

      3. Mattapoisett in LA Apr 29, 2009 01:52 PM

        From Beverage Ware House in Culver City

        BATUQUE CACHACA
        Spirits : Cachaca Product type: 750ml Bottle Cachaca $34.95 Each 84 pf Brazil

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        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA
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          Cinnamon Apr 29, 2009 06:15 PM

          Beverage Warehouse, off McConnell off Culver, just barely south of Marina del Rey, has a whole aisle section devoted to cachaca. However, one of the manager types insists that no one should spend over $15 on what is essentially a poor man's drink.

          For what it's worth, we like the $20-22 basketed Ypioca over the cheaper silver Ypioca.

          1. re: Cinnamon
            streetgourmetla Apr 29, 2009 07:27 PM

            $22 dollars is quite reasonable for any mixer, and real and great caipirinhas can be made with Ypioca Ouro and 51, both available here. Some of the crap available at $15 isn't even brazilian cachaca. The $7 will make a difference, the manager at BW is a burro(pronounced "boo-hoo" in Portuguese).

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          schrutefarms Apr 29, 2009 02:47 PM

          A lot of liquor stores are becoming hip to the caipirinhas, and carrying cachaca.

          1. Das Ubergeek Apr 29, 2009 04:09 PM

            Jerry's Liquor in Santa Monica has it, or has usually carried it.

            1. alkylyou May 3, 2009 10:17 AM

              update:
              i went to winehouse on pico and got the cheap ypioca ouro (i didn't see the more expensive one and i was recommended this brand).
              the other stuff that we used:
              blackberries (which weren't very flavorful), lime, habanero, mint, home made ginger syrup.
              basically, those things in any combination were good, however the habanero was a great addition.
              related: washing your hands doesn't mean that all of the habanero heat is off your hands.
              thanks all!

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                mdpilam May 3, 2009 10:31 AM

                I was in Brazil last yr and enjoyed many a Capirinha, but heard that the Cachaca you find here in the States, is the lowest level (ie, like the "Winner's Cup" of Cachaca), so I never even looked for it here. My Brazilian friend used to make Capirinha's every once in a while, though he called it "shrimp juice" because on the bottle of Cachaca was a little shrimp. Is this the cheap stuff?

                1. re: mdpilam
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                  josephnl May 3, 2009 11:05 AM

                  Like rum, scotch, tequila or almost any spirit, there is a range of quality of cachaca. But for a caipirinha, the brands you see most often used n Brazil (Ypioca and Leblon..or something like that) are available here (and are probably not the finest quality).

                  1. re: mdpilam
                    streetgourmetla May 3, 2009 10:48 PM

                    Yeah, don't get Pitu(shrimp).51 and Ypioca are the ones to get, Brazilian and good for caipirinhas.

                  2. re: alkylyou
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                    Cinnamon May 3, 2009 11:33 AM

                    Oh man that sounds lovely, Alkylyou. (Milk is supposedly the only heat-destroyer for chilies, so maybe that on the hands. Avoid contact lens touching as many days as possible, by the way.)

                  3. The Chowhound Team May 4, 2009 10:05 AM

                    We split off some discussion about substituting rum for cachaça to a new topic on the Spirits board. You can find that topic here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/617141

                    1. ElJeffe Apr 16, 2011 05:23 PM

                      Just confirmed Star Liquor on Main St. has it too. They had Lebon, Cachariga(sp?), and one other I think. Didn't see 51 or Ypioca.

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