Caipirinha (Brazil Vs Chile)

So seeing that Brazil got through to the second round of the World cup I thought that it would be a good idea to turn my attention to drinks.

After all you need something to drink whilst tucking into your Chimichurri Lamb?

In Cuba they have the Mojito, Jamaica the rum punch so, I was curious to find out about the essential drink cocktail of choice in Brazil.

My research lead me to the Caipirinha, the national cocktail of Brazil. Made from Cachaça, a distilled spirit made from sugar cane (similar to Rum)

Caipirinha apparently started off as a remedy to the Spanish flu. The drink was originally made with garlic, honey and lemon. Someone then had the idea of replacing these ingredients with lime and a bit of sugar, served over ice.

The ingredients of the Caiprinha are not complex and makes for a interesting cocktail, a bit too sweet for me, so the next time we made it we used more lime and less sugar, this is the recipe below:

Makes one cocktail

  • 2 Fresh Limes – Quartered (these limes were from Neil’s at leeds market and were huge)
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 2 shots Cachaça

Place the lime quarters in a large glass sturdy glass with the sugar.

Using a muddler squash the lime and sugar together until you have been able to release most of the juice.

Add the Cachaça and taste, at this point either add some more lime juice or sugar to your preference.

Serve over crushed ice.

there are a wide range of cocktail you can make with Cachaça, have a look at the link below for inspiration.



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