The Brazilian Caipirinha
2 – 4 tablespoons of fine sugar (caster sugar)
4 ounces of Cachaca – try the brand Sagatiba, available in some UK supermarkets
(Makes 2 drinks.)
Mixing it up
Quarter the limes lengthways, split them between the glasses and muddle them with a pestle or wooden spoon – try to press the flesh side to release the juices – don’t pulp it too much or it will turn bitter. Split the sugar between the glasses and mix into the juice until the sugar dissolves. Add ice to fill the glass then pour the Cachaca between the glasses.
Stir. Sit. Drink. Repeat until you fall over.
Making it fruity
Don’t just stick with lime. Replace the lime juice with pulped up passion fruit, strawberries, kiwi or blueberries. My favorite is with mixed berries.
Tip: Unlike Tequila, apparently the white Cachaca is better than golden, which is good because I think only the white stuff is more available in the UK.
Replace the Cachaca with Vodka and you’ve got a Caipiroska or replace it with white rum for a Caiprisimma.