Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Caipirinha (Brazilian cachaça-lime cocktail)

The national cocktail of Brazil, the caipirinha (kai-pi-REE-nyuh) is a heady mix of lime juice and cachaça (kah-SHAH-suh), a brandy-like alcohol distilled from sugarcane juice. Sugar takes the edge off the lime and makes throwing these drinks back just a little too easy.


(1 serving)
  • Lime, halved, each half cut into 4 wedges -- 1
  • Sugar -- 1 or 2 tablespoons
  • Crushed ice
  • Cachaça -- 2 to 3 ounces


Put 4 to 6 lime wedges into an old-fashioned glass and sprinkle with the sugar. Use a muddler or wooden spoon to crush together the limes and sugar to release the lime's juice.
Pack the glass with crushed ice and pour in the cachaça. Stir well, garnish with a couple more lime wedges and serve.

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