South America Living

THE Brazilian Cocktail: Caipirnha. Saúde!


Caipirinha (pronounced kie-purr-REEN-yah) roughly translates to “country bumpkin” and it is the national drink of Brazil, where it originated, and is a common Carnavale drink. It will be served with great aplomb during this month of World Cup Soccer.

It is made with cachaça, an intensely sweet Brazillian style of rum that is made from sugarcane juice. The market is changing and now it is possible to easily find a premium cachaça to use in this drink, which is highly recommended because it is the main component of the drink.

The Caipirinha is a perfect cocktail to adapt for seasonal fruits and is fun to use with different fruit combinations. Just add any fruit and muddle…

Yield: 1 cocktail

• 1 lime, quartered
• 2 teaspoons fine sugar
• 2 ounces cachaca

1. Place the lime wedges and sugar into an old-fashioned glass.
2. Muddle well.
3. Fill the glass with ice cubes.
4. Pour in the cachaca.
5. Stir well.

Bon appétit!

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