In keeping with the recently concluded World Cup and my brothers current travels around South America, I decided my first ever post should be my most favourite cocktail. The citrus fresh and seriously delicious Caipirinha, the perfect drink on a warm summers day.
I adore this drink, but for ages I really struggled to find the key component – a sugar cane spirit called Cachaça, anywhere without having to pay big delivery fees online.
However, I don’t know whether it was a sudden surge of people travelling to South America, or the focus on Brazil for the World Cup and Olympics but Cachaça has now started to appear in some larger supermarkets! hurrah!
I tailor my Caipirinha to my sweet tooth, adding a little more sugar as I love to slurp the sugary lime juice at the end. You think you have finished but the ice keeps melting into the sugar and Cachaça soaked limes – it is just heavenly! If I want a longer drink, I skip the sugar, add one or two extra lime quarters and add lemonade.
Personally I try and use demerara sugar, I just think it tastes better and gives a lightly golden colour to the drink, like liquid honey. However, I think caster sugar or similar is more commonly used and it is easier to dissolve.
- Half a lime, quartered
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 1 measure (25ml) Cachaça
- Crushed ice
- Place the lime quarters in a glass with the sugar and Cachaça and gently crush the juice out of the limes with a Muddler or the end of a rolling pin.
- Add ice and gently stir.
- Add a straw and enjoy!