5 cl of cachaça
2 teaspoons of brown sugar
Caipirinha is the national cocktail of Brazil and you can drink it every hour and on every occasion. The recipe is straightforward: cachaça (a Brazilian spirit distilled from the juice of sugar cane), lime (that must be crushed with a pestle in the glass) and sugar with the addition of crumbled ice and a slice of lime as a garnish.
Simple, but remember that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, and this is particularly true when we talk about cocktails.
The Caipirinha is a kind of cool, innocent, refreshing juice with high alcoholic content, great for cooling off in the afternoon, as an aperitif, after dinner, but also to be served throughout the meal, with the typical churrasco, even if the best food match is with spicy dishes.
Be careful: the Caipirinha is a cocktail that hits very hard, especially during the hot summer days. Its underlying sweetness and aromatic lime flavor disguise the power of a candid, delicious, addicting drink, which is hard to resist, especially when served well chilled. Pay attention. You have been warned. Now get to the recipe!
Ingredients of the original Brazilian Caipirinha
- 5 cl of cachaça
- 1/2 lime
- 2 teaspoons of brown sugar
How to prepare the perfect Caipirinha
Cut the lime into wedges and place it in a glass with 2 spoons of sugar. Add a drizzle of cachaça and pound vigorously to extract juice and flavors from the peel of the lime, mix well, then pour cachaça and ice (crushed ice, if you want to cool cocktail faster) to fill the glass. Cracked ice is always the best solution. If you like, garnish with a slice of lime and then serve. For a perfect Caipirinha drink, wait 5 minutes before serving the cocktail to cool down properly, or prepare it in a large bowl or jug to find a good balance between the ingredients.
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What food goes well with the Brazilian Caipirinha?
Spicy dishes (Indian and Mexican), but try it with grilled meat, spicy chicken wings, beef curry, veal chop with peppers and sour cream sauce, beef tacos Mexican; parmigiana ravioli, spaghetti with clams, chicken tikka masala, Chicken Cacciatore, Vitello Tonnato, truffle risotto, pasta alla carbonara, paella mixta.