Caipirinha Recipe – How to Make Caipirinha

Photo: Rachel Fannie; Food curator: Spencer Richards

If you’ve ever been to Brazil, there’s a very good chance you’ll drop at least one ice-cold glass of the country’s national cocktail: the Caipirinha. The main ingredient is cachaça, a spirit made from fermented sugar cane juice. The resulting liquid is funky and vegan, with sharp herbal flavors balanced by sugar and fresh lemon juice.

lime

For this recipe, we’re trying to track down the most succulent organic limes we could find. Why my member? Since we mix fruit and skins, we want to avoid fruits that have been treated with pesticides. Whether or not you get an organic lemon, be sure to wash and dry it thoroughly before slicing.

To cut lime, remove ends with a paring knife. Cut the lemon in half lengthwise, then lengthwise again until it becomes quarters. If desired, you can remove the middle core (which can be bitter) by resting each quarter flat side down on a cutting board and trimming the thin, white center piece. Cut each quarter in half crosswise for a total of 8 pieces.

Sugar

Caipirinha is usually made with granulated sugar, but brown sugar works just as well if you like the flavor of the molasses it brings you. Regardless of the sugar you choose, do not stop mixing until the sugar crystals are gone – this means that they have completely dissolved in the citrus juice.

cacha

Since cachaça is the most prominent flavor in Caipirinhas, the brand you choose will greatly influence the final drink. If you’re not used to spirit, count on your local liquor store to help you find the perfect partner! For the first time, look for brands with a light, fruity flavor. If you dig it in, go for strong-flavored chahaça with delicious earthy notes.

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Dark brown or granulated sugar

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  1. Wash and dry the lime well, then cut into 8 wedges. Transfer the lime wedges to a rock glass and add the sugar. Using a cocktail mixer or the end of a wooden spoon, blend the limes and sugar until the juice is released from the limes and the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Fill glass with ice, add kasha and stir until combined.

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