As you may know, the World Cup starts in Brazil this week. So, several of my posts this month will feature traditional Brazilian favorites. First things first…. I’m starting out with Caipirinha – Brazil’s favorite cocktail. A mixture of lime, sugar and cachaca – a Brazilian rum-like liquor, made from sugar cane.
Cachaca is readily available in US liquor stores, so do make the effort to use it instead of rum – which would turn the drink into a caipirissima, not a caipirinha. Besides, the World Cup lasts a month- you’ll have more than enough time to use it all up. Even if you’re not into soccer, this may turn out to be a new summer favorite!
Just like a Mint Julep, this cocktail involves muddling in the glass. Well, unless you’ve got a personal bartender, who wants to have to muddle every glass- especially after the first cocktail?! Not me! So after a little research, I decided to make a pitcher full, using double strength sugar syrup as the base, instead of granulated sugar. I still muddled the limes- just a lot at one time and I used ice from Sonic – Yes, from the Sonic Drive-In. Did you know you can buy bags of ice there? It ‘s the perfect size ice for this drink.