I learned how to make this by watching Eduardo Mendonça of Show Brazil! make it at a São João celebration near Seattle. I had a summer cold at the time, and when I tasted it, I knew I had the right medicine for anything that ailed me.

1 C cachaça (you can substitute light rum or even vodka)
1 lime, sliced thinly
1/2 C water
1 t cloves
1 cinnamon stick
Small piece of ginger
3 T white sugar
First, carmelize the sugar in a heavy saucepan. Then very slowly and carefully add the water to deglaze it. Stir in the other flavorings and simmer for a few minutes. Remove from heat and add the liquor. Be careful not to burn your mouth — carmelized sugar is dangerously hot.

Here are a couple of easier versions:

1 C cachaça or rum
1 lime, thinly sliced
1/2 C water
4 cloves
3-inch cinnamon stick
Superfine sugar to taste
Bring to boil, strain and serve.

1 C boiling water
2 T honey
1 t superfine sugar
1 T minced mint
2 cloves
2-inch stick cinnamon
1 C cachaça or rum
Boil everything but liquor for 10 minutes. Strain, add cachaça.

An alternative cold medicine, and probably healthier because it has no alcohol, is my spicy cough and cold remedy

Alternate search keywords: Cachaca, quentao.

1 Comment

  1. Finally,I found a good recipe for Quentao.

    I was born in Brazil but have lived in the US since 1970.
    I had Quentao one time in my life, I was 2 years old. I liked it so much that my mom say’s I had a fit when she
    would not give me any more.
    I searched the web for a while before I found this recipe. I’ts simple and uncomplicated.
    Now I can have the taste I’ve been craving for since 1963.

    Thank you………..

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