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Brazil's new drink Pituconha weds cachaca and marijuana roots

Published on May 24, 2014 1:44 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - A new drink in northeast Brazil is shaking up the country's favorite liquor, cachaca, by adding an unusual twist: marijuana roots.

"Pituconha" is a new take on cachaca, the sugar-cane alcohol used in caipirinhas, the famed Brazilian cocktail.

Its name is a play on Pitu, one of the best-known cachaca brands, and "maconha," the Portuguese word for cannabis.

It is the new craze in the city of Cabrobo, where vendors are selling it in bottles strongly reminiscent of Pitu's, newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo reported on its website Friday.

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