Caipirinhas

CaipirinhasFirst discovered in the South American restaurant chain Las Iguanas, I recreated these Caipirinhas at home for a party last week. Caipirinhas are made with cachaça, which is made from fermented sugar cane juice (as opposed to gin, made from molasses). It’s similar in taste to gin, but cleaner and fresher.

I don’t usually drink cocktails as I enjoy wine so much. Sometimes however, it’s nice to mix it up a bit (geddit?) and these fit the bill perfectly – not sickeningly sweet, not too weird and wonderful. They’re also really easy and don’t involve any complicated measuring. The quantities below make one drink – so just chuck everything in and make as many as you and your guests can handle!

Just a little word of warning – you really do need to fill the whole tumbler with crushed ice, otherwise you’re essentially sipping neat gin 🙂

They make a lovely, fresh and simple drink.

Caipirinha
(serves 1)

50ml cachaça
1 fresh lime, chopped into 6
3tsp caster sugar
crushed ice
mint leaves, shredded (optional)

Method
1. Put the chopped lime into a glass and spoon the sugar on top. Use a spoon, fork, end of a stick – whatever – to crush the sugar into the lime.
2. Fill up the glass with crushed ice and pour the cachaça on top.
3. Garnish with the mint, if using.
3. Stir and enjoy 🙂

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Cachaca

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