The Caipirinha is generally known as the national cocktail of Brazil, and is certainly the most famous drink made with cachaça, a Brazilian sugar cane-based spirit that resembles rhum agricole. It’s a fairly simple cocktail, sort of a South American analog of the Mint Julep. All that’s involved is muddled lime, sugar, and cachaça, so it’s a pretty powerful , spirit-forward drink even with the citrusy sweetness. If you want to take the edge off (or if you’re simply using a cheap cachaça), we recommend using crushed ice, as it melts faster.
|2 tsp/barspoons granulated sugar (or simple syrup)|
|4-6 lime wedges|
|2 oz cachaça|
Preparation: How to make a Caipirinha
- Add the lime wedges and sugar or simple syrup to an Old-Fashioned glass and muddle.
- Fill the glass with ice.
- Add cachaça, stir gently, and serve.