A Caipirinha is Brazil's national cocktail!
Surprisingly I heard of this drink when I was in Cancun last winter. I had asked for a mojito but the bartender ran out of mint and suggested this instead! From the first sip I drank nothing but Caipirinha's while I was there! They were amazing! They are the perfect cocktail to drink while you are laying on the beach or sitting poolside. They are so light and refreshing that I was drinking them like water ;)
How do you pronounce it?
It's pronounced like kye-per-een-ya, next time you go to a restaurant or bar you'll know the correct pronunciation!!
But why go to a bar and spend $10-12 on one glass when you can make them at home for much less!
The main alcholic ingredient is cachaça. Again this is a Brazilian drink so the correct pronunciation of this is: Ka-sha-sa. It's basically a rum type liquor made from fermented sugar cane, it's so good! My favorite cachaça is from the company, Leblon. It's fairly inexpensive. I found it at my local liquor store in NYC for $24, it's probably a lot cheaper elsewhere.
Ok so on to the most important part...the recipe!!!
|Ingredients! minus club soda, oops!|
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 shot of Leblon Cachaça, or any other brand
I know the typical Caipirinha does not have mint in it, but it's so amazing with it!!
1. Cut the lime in half and then into 4 wedges
2. Add 4 lime wedges, 1 tablespoon of sugar and muddle together (here is where you add the mint too if you want)
3. Once you have the lime juices extracted, pour in the shot of Cachaça and mix together again.
4. Fill glass up the rest of the way with club soda and ice and stir!
5. Garnish with a wedge of lime and ENJOY!
|Lime juice, sugar, mint all muddled together!|
|Add the shot of cachaca|
|Add ice, and garnish with lime..so pretty!!|