There are many great things coming out of Brazil, especially the Caipirinha
The national cocktail from Brazil deserves our attention during cocktail hour. It is the perfect sweet and sour combination with one hell of a kick. Incredibly simple to make and incredibly delicious.
The Caipirinha, together with the Classic Margarita, is probably one of my all time favourite cocktails. Probably since it uses lots of lime, combined with raw sugar and cachaça rum.
Cachaça rum, unlike normal rum, gets it alcohol content from the fermentation of fresh sugarcane juice that is then distilled and gives it its unique flavour.
Making your Caipirinha
You’re going to need:
- 60mL Cachaça 51 rum
- ½ lime cut into 4 wedges
- 2 tsp Raw or demerara sugar
- Crushed ice
Grab a Old Fashioned (or Rocks) glass and add the lime wedges and sugar. Take a muddler and mash the two together, but be careful not to dissolve all the sugar (I like the slight crunch from the sugar. Fill the glass with crushed ice and poor the cachaça rum over it. Garnish with a fresh lime wedge and a short straw.
If you’re not a rum fan, you can substitute the cachaça with vodka which then turns the cocktail into a Caipiroska, but I do urge you to try the original first before throwing in the towel and grabbing the vodka.