This week, and specifically Tuesday, is Carnaval in Brazil and to celebrate I’m featuring Brazil’s national drink, the Caipirinha. The Caipirinha [KIE-PEE-REEN-YAH] is a fairly simple drink consisting of only cachaça [KA-SHA-SA], limes and sugar muddled together to create what Gary Regan lovingly refers to as “an elixir.” Sounds fantastic to me, sign me up.
I’m going to keep this intro post a bit on the short side this time as I plan to put up detail posts on Carnaval, cachaça and the results of our cachaça tasting as the week goes on. So stay tuned and here’s a Caipirinha recipe to get you in the right frame of mind.
Caipirinha (Joy of Mixology)
4 to 6 Lime Wedges 1 Tbsp Granulated Sugar 3 oz Cachaça
1) Muddle the limes and sugar in an old fashioned glass. 2) Add crushed ice and cachaça. 3) Stir thoroughly.