Caipirinha (pronounced kie-purr-REEN-yah) roughly translates to “country bumpkin”. It is made with cachaça, an intensely sweet Brazillian style of rum made from sugarcane juice. The Caipirinha is the national drink of Brazil, where it originated, and is a common Carnavale drink. Although it is more difficult to find, it’s important to choose a premium cachaça for this cocktail in particular because the drink is not heavily flavored and a cheaper brand can ruin an otherwise perfect Caipirinha. You may also like the neater Caipirini.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 2 tsp fine sugar
  • 2 oz cachaca

Preparation:

  1. Place the lime wedges and sugar into an old-fashioned glass.
  2. Muddle well to create a paste.
  3. Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  4. Pour in the cachaca.
  5. Stir well.