When Brazil hosted the World Cup this summer many bars around the world started adding caipirinhas to their menu, seeing it as a legitimate rival to the mojito in the refreshingly-tasty cocktail stakes. However, the caipirinha (which is pronounced “kypeeREEnyah”) is not just a cocktail for the summer and can be drank all year round.
The Caipirinha is a Brazilian cocktail, a simple mixture of cachaça (a Brazilian spirit made from sugarcane juice), ice and lime. Popular worldwide brands of cachaça include Sagatiba and Leblon (which is made using a distillation process similar to that used to make Cognac in France and so has a far more refined flavour than most cachaças). In Brazil you will often find caiprinhas being made with the very cheap brands of 51 or Ypioca. In truth, they all taste good, such is the magic of the Caipirinha.
12 tbsp golden caster sugar
1kg ice cubes, crushed
The recipe for a Caipirinha is very simple and all about proportions and preparation. Cut the top and bottom off all the limes to begin with. Then chop the limes in half, cutting just to the side of the core. Cut in half once more, again cutting to the side of the core. Then, remove the slither of pith that runs down the core and cut everything left into roughly equal chunks. Put the lime pieces and all of the sugar into a large jug and muddle the ingredients (use a dull implement, like a rolling pin, if you don’t have a muddler). The key to this part of the process is to squeeze the juice out of the limes without breaking the skin of the fruits, as that can make the drink bitter. So muddle the lime and sugar gently for a minute or two, then add the ice cubes and cachaça and give it a really good shake. And that’s it. Your caipirinha is now ready to be poured.
If you can’t get hold of cachaça you could always use vodka (making the drink a caipiroska) or sake (known as a caipisake). Additionally, passion fruit, kiwi, mango or pineapples are some common alternatives or additions to lime if you fancy changing the recipe.
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