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HOSTESS: Bethy Lagardere
Brazilian-born Bethy Lagardere is a social doyenne and couture client who entertains at her homes in Paris, Morocco and Rio de Janeiro, where she’ll spend the holidays at the waterfront apartment she recently purchased. In keeping with her surroundings, Lagardere will ply holiday guests with caipirinha, a traditional Brazilian beverage. “It’s an aperitif that everyone likes,” says Lagardere, who adds a personal touch to the traditional recipe with strawberries and mango. “It’s going to be something quite out of the ordinary,” she admits of the twist. Lagardere will serve the libation alongside pastel (a Brazilian crisp pastry) stuffed with foie gras and chicken empanadas with white truffles.
DRINK: Caipirinha aux Fruits Rouges
4 shots of Cachaça (Cabana Cachaça is recommended)
Juice of 1 lemon
Handful of strawberries, chopped, stems removed
1/2 mango, peeled, pitted and chopped
2 kiwi, peeled and chopped
1 mandarin orange, peeled and chopped
THE LIQUID CHEF SAYS: “You don’t want to overpower the drink with fruits.” He suggests omitting the mandarin, because of its distinctive taste.