The Caipirinha is Brazil’s national drink. It is made simply with lime, sugar, and Cachaça, a distilled liquor made from sugarcane. The drink has a crisp fresh flavor that perfectly compliments its exotic homeland. You can find this cocktail in every restaurant as well as being sold by vendors on the beach. The flavor can be elevated by adding your favorite fruit juice, a spoonful of fresh passion fruit, some ground fresh ginger, lemongrass or a sprig of mint. Use your imagination as you dream away about the mountains and beaches of Brazil.
1 Small Lime
2 Teaspoons Fine White Sugar
2 1/2 Ounces Cachaça
Slice the lime into 8 small wedges. Using a pestle, lightly mash the lime to extract the juice. Use care not to crush the white part of the lime next to the rind, which will add a bitter flavor.
Add sugar and Cachaça and mix with a bar spoon or shake in a cocktail shaker until the sugar is dissolved.
Serve over ice.
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