Olá! The Caipirinha cocktail is the true taste of Brazil, as much of a staple in their culture as carnivals and football. One part of this is it is made with Brazil’s national spirit, Cachaça. It’s similar to rum, but it has a flavour all its own. Most rums are distilled from molasses, while cachaça is distilled from the fermented juice of sugar cane. This important difference creates a distinct spirit that is characterised by its funky flavour, which sets the Caipirinha apart from other sweet-and-sour cocktails like the Daiquiri.
The Caipirinha is easy to make and can be constructed right in the glass, making it a great choice for constructing at home at a summery garden party. Lime juice and simple syrup won’t get the job done: The drink specifically calls for lime wedges and golden caster sugar, but these aren’t hard to come by.
The classic Caipirinha is not a cocktail that requires improvement, it is refreshing and flavourful, with a unique ability to bring you straight to the tropics, no matter where you’re drinking.
Prep time: 2 Minutes
Nutrition: 101 Calories
- 2 limes, chopped into wedges, plus extra lime wedges to serve (optional)
- 5 tbsp golden caster sugar
- 200ml cachaça
- Put the lime wedges in a large jug with the sugar, then use a muddler or the end of a rolling pin to break them down. Release as much juice from the wedges as possible, and let it mix with the sugar to create a syrup – you can also do this with a large pestle and mortar. Discard the lime peel.
- Divide the syrup and cachaça between four glasses, then top with the crushed ice. Serve garnished with lime wedges.
Category: Drinks | Cuisine: Cocktails