The Caipirinha is Brazil's national cocktail. It is similar to a Mojito except that is uses Cachaça instead of rum and does not include mint. The name caipirinha essentially means 'little hillbilly', however the word is mostly associated with the drink rather than its literal meaning.
- Slice the lime
- Put the lime and one or two spoons of sugar into a glass and muddle
- Add ice
- Pour cachaça over and stir
- Alter the amount of sugar used to sweeten the caipirinha to taste.
- Using crushed ice will dilute the drink faster. Cubed ice will melt more slowly, and allow you to savour the taste of the cachaça.
- You can also put a slice of lime on the border of the glass for decoration.
- Try using vodka instead of cachaça to make a caipiroska.
- Cachaça velha (aged cachaça) adds a distinctive flavour to the cocktail without being overpowering.