Have you heard of cachaÃ§a, the sugar cane hard liquor used in my new favorite cocktail, Caipirinha (pronounced kie-purr-een-ya)? CachaÃ§a is similar to rum, but itâ€™s different â€“ the flavor is distinct and strong. And delicious.
The traditional caipirinha is Brazilâ€™s national cocktail â€“ and for good reason, itâ€™s easy to make and, I may have mentioned thisâ€¦itâ€™s delicious. Think of a margarita but not as sweet or syrup-y. Thereâ€™s nothing artificial in this cocktail and with warmer weather on the horizon this just might become your favorite summer cocktail, too.
Ingredients for a single drink:
1 lime, quartered
2t sugar (your favorite kind â€“ granulated, coarse, raw)
2 oz cachaÃ§a
Put 2 lime pieces in a small rocks glass
Pour sugar over limes
Muddle (smash) the limes to extract juice
Fill glass with ice
Pour cachaÃ§a over ice
Stir to dissolve most of the sugar
Add more lime or sugar to taste (if needed)
Ingredients to make a batch:
12-15 limes, halved
1 750ml cachaÃ§a
First make simple syrup:
Put the sugar and water into a small saucepan
Bring to a boil
Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes
Allow to cool before using
Squeeze the juice from 12 limes into a pitcher
Add 1/2c simple syrup, taste to check sweetness
Add more simple syrup to suit your taste if youâ€™d like it to be sweeter
Fill small rocks glass with ice
Add 2 oz cachaÃ§a
Add 2 oz lime mixture
This drink is very simple: cachaÃ§a, lime and sugar. To make it lighter you could add some plain seltzer, limeade or lemonade.
If youâ€™d like to try another version of the caipirinhaÂ check out my post on A Dish of Daily Life today. I created a Strawberry & Lemon Caipirinha using fresh strawberries, lemons and limes. If you like strawberries this drink is perfect for you plus itâ€™s a little sweeter than the traditional caipirinha.
If you were wondering what to make for Cinco de Mayo or Motherâ€™s Day brunchâ€¦I think weâ€™ve got you covered.
I’d love to hear if you try out either of the recipes or if you have another caipirinha recipe…share it below!