Caipirinha: Brazil’s National Cocktail
  • 1 large juicy lime per cocktailMore if the limes are not very juicy or small. Purchase the soft ones but not overly ripe, these are the juicy ones. Try and get seedless if you can and roll them on the kitchen counter with your hand before cutting. Of course wash then well first.
  • 1bottle Good quality cachaça.You can keep it in the freezer to make the cocktails extra cold and nice.
  • Organic granulated white sugar.You can also try brown sugar but I prefer white.
  • IceEither from your freezer or buy the big bags of ice, which are larger cubes. Use good water for your ice cubes rather than tap water.
  1. Cut lime in half and then into quarters or more depending on how large it is and put into the old fashioned glass.
  2. Add anywhere from 2.3 tablespoons of sugar depending on how sweet you like your cocktail.
  3. Regarding the old fashioned class you can rim it with sugar if you like or not. Some people don’t like the extra sweetness or stickiness but some do so again, prepare according to personal taste. Either is delicious.
  4. Muddle (mash) the lime, which will press out the juices from the inside of the lime as well as the natural sweet lime oils from the skin. Be sure and press both, this is important to the fragrance and taste of the cocktail.
  5. Add enough ice to fill the glass, and if the ice cubes are small leave them whole but if they are the large type crack them before putting them in.
  6. Fill glass nearly to the rim with cachaça.
  7. Pour into metal cocktail shaker and close tightly. Shake until condensation forms on the outside of the shaker. That way you know it’s very cold.
  8. Pour back into the same glass and serve immediately and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

You’ll also need a cocktail shaker and a mudler, or something to mash the lime with.

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