Showing posts with label caipirinha. Show all posts
Showing posts with label caipirinha. Show all posts

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Authentic Caipirinhas

Caipirinhas are the quintessential Brazilian cocktail, made with local cane alcohol called cachaça, lots of lime juice and a big spoon of sugar. Just go easy because they sneak up on you.

It’s my birthday week so I am delighted to be starting it out with cocktails!  Check out the 28 festive libations my fellow bloggers have made for the party!  (I’m pretending they are all for my birthday!  Yay!)  I’m sharing one of my favorite cocktails, a love acquired when we lived in Brazil for several years.  My dear husband got very good at making caipirinhas, so he volunteered to do the needful while I took photos.

1 lime per glass
1 generous tablespoon sugar or more if you like things sweeter (Authentically, this should be coarse grain sugar but the normal white stuff works if that’s all you have.)
Crushed ice
Short straws

Cut the lime into quarters and use your same sharp knife to remove all the seeds.  We happened to be using seedless limes this time.

Put the lime into a short glass, adding a generous tablespoon of sugar.  Or more if you like things sweet.

Smash the limes and sugar with a muddler.

Now fill the glass with crushed ice and top it up with cachaça.

Finally, give it a good stir.  Serve with a short straw for sipping.


Now wasn't that simple?

Cheers to my fellow Cocktail Day bloggers, who are mixing it up with me today!  I'll take one of each, please!