The perfect caipirinha

The perfect caipirinha

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From
Cabana The Cookbook
Serves
1
Photographer
Martin Poole

The caipirinha, which means ‘little country girl’ in Portuguese, is Brasil’s national cocktail. There are many stories about how it was invented, but this is our favourite: in the olden days, people would press a cloth moistened with alcohol to their heads to reduce a fever and suck a lime to improve their immunity. One day, a feverish man found the alcohol on his forehead dripping into his mouth as he sucked a lime, and since it was bitter he ate a spoonful of sugar. He got better, and the caipirinha was born. You can use ordinary white or granulated sugar, but we like the slightly caramelised flavour of golden caster sugar. There are as many variations of fruit caipirinhas as there are fruit, but below are three of our favourites. Try experimenting to see what creations you can concoct.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 1/2 limes, skin on, cut into rough cubes
1 tablespoon golden caster sugar
65ml cachaca
handful cracked ice

Method

  1. Put the limes and sugar in a sturdy glass tumbler. Muddle them with a cocktail muddler or the end of a small rolling pin to extract the juice from the lime and dissolve the sugar. Add the cachaça and cracked ice and give it a stir. Finally, top the glass with more cracked ice and add a wooden lollipop stick for stirring. Serve immediately.

Variations

  • Strawberry and lime caipirinha: Add 3–4 strawberries to the limes before muddling, then proceed as above.

    Pineapple and mint caipirinha: Replace the limes with 2 shredded mint leaves and 5 cubes of ripe pineapple, then proceed as above. Garnish with extra mint.

    Passion fruit caipirinha: Replace the limes with the pulp of a passion fruit. Proceed as above and garnish with half a passion fruit.
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