Refreshing, cool, sweet, and festive, caipirinha is Brazil. And if caipirinha is Brazil, then cachaça is our national shrine.
Caipirinha is a simple cocktail based on a mixture of mashed lime with sugar, ice, and cachaça.
- 2 limes, ends trimmed off and cut into medium-sized wedges
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons cachaça (adjust amount to taste)
- Ice cubes
Using a muddler, or the end of a wooden spoon, mash the limes with the sugar, making sure to squeeze all the juices from the lime and to dissolve the sugar in the juice.
Transfer the lime mixture to a shaker. Add the cachaça and ice cubes. Shake well (8-10 times) and pour into a large, but not tall, glass.