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How To Make A Caipirinha

Cachaça, lime and sugar.

Refreshing and light

‘njoy Brazil’s national cocktail as it was intended, under direct sunshine. This is an excellent drink to experience the flavours of cachaça

Refreshing and light, this is an excellent drink to experience the flavours of cachaça - a rum-like spirit native to Brazil. 

Often referred to as the Mojito's Brazillian cousin, the Caipirinha is Brazil’s national drink. Made up of cachaça, lime, sugar and ice, the cocktail is often served throughout Europe over crushed ice yet the traditional recipe as served from Rio de Janerio to Salvador and down to São Paulo has always favoured cubed ice.

"...it intoxicates strangely and doesn't taste half bad." - David Wondrich.

Caipirinha means ‘little countryside drink’ in Portuguese and is traditionally made with native green lemons which the Brazilians call limon subtil. They’re not easy to get hold of outside of South America so limes are the best substitute. Its history isn’t clear but it’s widely assumed that the Caipirinha developed as locals attempted to make their traditional cachaça more palatable.

Your bartender will need to be equiped with cachaça, lime, sugar and ice. Simples. 

Make it at home:

Prep Time: 5 minutes   |   Serves: 1   |  Skill: Easy

Ingredients
50ml cachaça   |   10ml sugar syrup   |   Half a lime cut into wedges   |   Cubed ice to serve   |   Extra lime wedge for garnish

Equipment
Rocks glass   |   Muddler   |   Bar spoon to stir

Method
1. Muddle the lime wedges with the sugar in the base of your glass to extract all the juice and oil
2. Add the cachaça and fill with cubed ice
3. Stir the drink well
4. Garnish with a lime wedge.