Caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail, made with cachaça (sugarcane hard liquor), sugar and limes. Did you know that the traditional caipirinha recipe is patented by the Brazilian government?
- 75ml Cachaça
- ¾ lime
- 3 tbsp white sugar
- Crushed ice
- Remove the thicker rind top and bottom ends and any unsightly blemishes on the limes Halve the lime and remove the middle pith from each half. Slice each half into 8 pieces.
- Place lime pieces in a short thick glass along with the sugar. Using a "mashing stick", muddle the lime pieces (green skin facing up) together with the sugar. The purpose is to get the juice out of the lime pieces and at the same time release some of the sour citrus oil from the rind. The abrasive sugar crystals will contribute to the grinding effect on the lime. Leave it all in the glass.
- Add some crushed ice to the glass and pour the cachaça over the ice. Complete the glass with some water. This will melt the ice into the drink faster. Stir well.
- Fill up the glass with more ice and enjoy.
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