Less is definitely more; Brazil’s national cocktail is one of simplistic perfection. Made with cachaça (a spirit distilled from fermented sugar cane), sugar and lime juice, all over ice, the caipirinha’s characteristic flavours are rum-like sweetness that mingles with grassy undertones and a zesty zing of lime. This Brazilian beauty certainly leaves a tingle on the palette with its perfect alchemy of tang, sweet and sour – after a couple of these you’ll be out shaking your tail feather in no time!
Half a lime, cut into wedges
2 tsp Sugar (or 1 oz simple syrup)
2 oz. Cachaça
In a double Old Fashioned glass, muddle the sugar and lime. Fill with ice and add the cachaça. Stir briefly and garnish with a lime wheel if desired.
A wide variety of fresh fruits can be used in place of lime. In the absence of cachaça, vodka can be used, making a caipiroska