Even after two weeks of relentless (really) carnival caipirinhas in Brazil a few months back, this remains my favourite cocktail. Admittedly, I wimped out of cachaça, switching for vodka by day five. Thanks to Brazilian friend Beta, we have a visual guide to help us cheer on Brazil in the World Cup, or to see us through churrascos (BBQ’s) in the sunshine. Needless to say, measures were on the large and non specific side so feel free to adjust to your taste. Bikini optional.
Makes 2 large, kitsch caipirinhas
3 large limes or lemons – I prefer limes for their sweetness.
5 teaspoons sugar – you might want to up this, or swap for agave.
150ml cachaça or vodka – you might want to reduce this… in line with UK measures…
1 tray ice
A cocktail shaker is ideal for caipirinhas but you can also use a big jug and wooden spoon. I’ve included ingredients for the classic recipe but you can also add passion fruit (although you’ll need 5 of our supermarket versions for every 1 Brazilian fruit), strawberries, mint and / or ginger to the above. Passion fruit works particularly well.
Squish the limes and roll them around with the back of your hand to release the juices. Cut into quarters and transfer to your shaker or jug.
Add sugar or agave and bash with a wooden spoon for a a couple of minutes.
Half fill the shaker with ice and bash around some more, or shake with the top on.
Add cachaça or vodka, top with more ice and taste for sugar and acidity. Then shake some more…
Grande beijo e graças ao Beta… and her passion fruit.