Cheers! Calpirinha- A Brazilian Rum Drink

My sister, Marla, introduced us to this refreshing drink while we were on a family vacation at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri! We didn’t have a pestle for muddling but we managed – used the end of a meat pounder and it worked just fine. Regular ice cubes were also acceptable.

The Caipirinha Recipe
You will need:
Cachaca (light Brazilian Rum made from sugar can distillate)
Superfine sugar (buy it or make your own by blending granulated sugar in an electric blender)
Crushed ice
A “lowball,” “rocks” or “Old-Fashioned” glass
A pestle (from a mortar & pestle – or something similar) for the muddling

1.     Cut the ends off the limes and discard.
Marla cutting limes in our log cabin @ Big Cedar.
2.     Cut the lime in half lengthwise and cut out the white pith in the middle.
3.     Cut the lime in half, and cut one half of the lime into four wedges and place in the glass. If your lime is small, you may need to add more lime to the glass.
4.     Add one to three tablespoons of sugar. The amount of sugar depends on your personal taste as well as the size of the lime you are using.
5.     Use the pestle to “muddle” the limes and sugar together. Basically, you want to crush the limes so that they mix in well with the sugar. Be careful not to break the skin of the lime. When you’ve gotten all the juice out of the lime, you’re done.
6.     Pack crushed ice in the glass all the way to the top.
7.     Add cachaca all the way to the top of the glass. (It’s really only about 2 oz.)

8.     Use a larger glass or bottom of a cocktail shaker and put it over the top of your drink. Pick up with two hands and shake very well for at least 15 seconds.
9.     Garnish with a wedge or slice of lime
10.  Drink . . . and enjoy the best caiprinha!

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