Caipirinha (or Brazilian Mojito, as some call it) is the national cocktail of Brazil, and it’s made with Cachaça (which is a Brazilian spirit made from the fermented juice of sugarcane and it’s very similar to rum), sugar, and lime. The way it’s prepared is by mixing the fruit with the sugar and then adding the liquor. It’s usually made in jugs and poured into individual glasses. Caipirinha is a favorite summer cocktail and one of the most refreshing drinks you can mix. Chances are, you’ve encountered this drink if you ever traveled to a South American country.

 

History of Caipirinha:

 

It’s unclear when exactly did Caipirihna make its first appearance, but many historians believe it was served in the 20th century as a cure for illness. Others say Brazilian farmers created it in the 19th century as a way to showcase local sugarcane. Maybe both are true…

The classic Caipirinha is a delicious cocktail, and it doesn’t need any improvement, but that didn’t stop bartenders from coming up with different variations. The most common one is “Caipiroska” which is the same drink but made with Vodka instead of Cachaça, or a Caipirini, which is a shaken version of the drink, served in a Martini glass. Another version of it is the Caipirila – same recipe, but Tequila instead of Cachaça. There are also variations with more fresh fruit muddled along with lime, like pineapple, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, and kiwi. 

 

Ingredients for one serving:

 

  1. 2 Ounces (60ml) of Cachaça
  2. Half of the lime cut into wedges 
  3. 2 Teaspoons of sugar
  4. Garnish with a lime wheel

How to make the Caipirinha:

 

  1. Prepare a rock’s glass (Old Fashioned glass)
  2. Muddle the lime with the sugar
  3. Fill the glass with ice
  4. Add Cachaça and stir.
  5. Garnish with a lime wheel
  6. Enjoy the taste of Brazil.

 

 

 

 

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