(updating this recipe from the archives - my travels to Brazil took place almost 8 years ago and I'm just as obsessed with this recipe now as I was back then... )
I'm an equal opportunity cocktail drinker and these Caipirinhas are amazing. Made with Cachaça, these delish cocktails make an appearance on just about every Brazilian menu. Most are traditional Caipirinhas like the recipe I'm sharing below, and some are inventive Caipirinhas with jazzy fruits and flavors. Cachaça, made from sugarcane, is Brazils most popular form of hard liquor and today I'm bringing it stateside.
Inspired by the dozens of Caipirinhas I consumed while in Brazil a many years back, I wanted to introduce Thomas to this drink and share it with all you guys just in time for the weekend. I opted for a traditional Caipirinha made with Cachaça, freshly squeezed lime juice and sugar. I topped mine off with a splash of sparkling water to give it a bit of fizz!
These are the perfect way to ring in the weekend. I'll be whipping them up all weekend long and pretending I'm back on the beach in Brazil with my bikini, sunglasses and a coconut! Ah - I miss those days!
- 2 limes, 1 juiced and 1 quartered
- 4 teaspoons white sugar (super fine if you can find it)
- 4 ounces cachaca
- sparking water to top
- crushed ice to serve
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle together the quartered lime pieces and sugar. Muddle until all the juice is extracted from the limes and mixed with the sugar.
- Add the cachaca, remaining juice from the other lime and some ice and secure the shaker lid and shake for 30 seconds.
- Pour the liquid into 2 ice filled glasses and top with a splash of sparkling water.