Classic of the Month – Caipirinha
The Caipirinha, a classic from Brazil using their distinctive spirit of choice, Cachaça. Cachaça is a Brazilian rum made from fermented sugarcane which has a lovely rich, smoky flavour that complements the sharpness of the limes and sweetness of the sugar in this drink perfectly.
As it is Laura’s absolute favourite, it is a drink that I am accustomed to making on a regular basis and one that I feel I have thus just about perfected. When trying this drink, it becomes apparent as to why it is the national drink of Brazil. If made correctly, it is a perfect balance between sweet and sour, with the beautiful Cachaça flavour coming through to add depth and has a wonderful sugary crunch.
2 tsps Demerara sugar
1 lime cut into 6 wedges
Large lowball glass
Place the lime wedges into the glass and muddle with the sugar. Add half the crushed ice and churn rapidly to mix the flavours. Add half the remaining ice and the Cachaça. Churn once again and add the remaining ice so the glass is completely full. Serve with 2 sip straws. Laura also likes hers with a Haribo Chamallow on top, following many a time spent sipping Caipirinhas at a certain run-down Parisian joint in the 5th from which this tradition of hers originates.