The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio are almost upon us. What better way to prepare than by getting to know Brazil’s most popular spirit!

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Space exploration seems hard. As does any kind of sub-atomic research. But do you what really impresses us? A good canned cocktail. You might think they’re easy to make, but lots of canned cocktails can be too sweet, too bitter, or just a little too convoluted. Turns out, it’s really hard to make pre-mixed, shelf-stable drinks that can hold their own against the beverages you find in high-end bars. But that hasn’t stopped people from trying – or, more crucially, succeeding. There are plenty of worthwhile canned (and bottled) cocktails on the market, and we conducted some very thorough taste tests to find the best ones.

Whether you’re going camping and want to take along some grab-and-go Old Fashioneds or you’re hosting a gathering at which you’d rather not be shaking Margaritas the whole time, here’s what we suggest.


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Much like the Old Fashioned, the Caipirinha is not that complicated. All you need is lime, sugar, and cachaça. There is, however, quite a bit of muddling involved, and you need to make sure that you’re using the correct ratio of sugar to lime (which gets a little harder when you’re muddling actual lime wedges). If you’d rather skip all that work, Novo Fogo makes a very convincing and highly flavorful facsimile. It definitely leans toward the sweet side, but, if anything, we like that about it, and if you pour this drink over the rocks and add a lime wedge, it should taste just about perfect. Keep a few in your cupboard for any impromptu backyard parties.

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