To make a caipirinha, you need cachaça. If you don't have it, then stop right now, procure a bottle and then resume reading this article.
What is cachaça? Cachaça is a distilled spirit made from sugar cane. In that sense it's a cousin of rum and can also be known as aguardente, ping or caninha. The distinctive flavour of cachaça is so essential to this drink that it's not worth proceeding otherwise. A quick look at my drinks shelf reveals bottles of Velho Barreiro and Pitú, which isn't bad considering that the Brazilians apparently only export 6% of this drink annually
How do I pronounce caipirinha and cachaça? "Kie-Pur-Reen-Yah" will get you close enough should you ever find yourself on the beaches of Rio. At your local decent off-license, just ask for "Ka-Shas-Sa"
Now that you have a bottle of cachaça, you'll also need some limes and sugar syrup (or granulated sugar). To make a single serve caipirinha, you will need ice and just three ingredients.
2 shots cachaça
1/2 shot sugar syrup
Before cutting the lime, roll it with some gentle pressure on your chopping board. This helps release the juices internally. Cut the lime into segments.
|Muddle well - release those delicious limey flavours|
|Stir well to mix the lime, sugar and cachaça|
|Fill with ice for the finished product|
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