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Our Latin America specialist Sinead knows her cocktails, and on a recent trip to Brazil she became very accustomed to their national drink, the Caipirinha. This cocktail is rooted in Brazilian culture, so what better way get under the skin of Brazil than with one (or two) cheeky Caipirinhas. Read on to find out why it’s so popular and have a go at perfecting your own...
Brazil’s national cocktail is the Caipirinha, made with a sugar cane liquor called cachaça, sugar and lime. It is as central to their culture as football and samba. The drink is prepared by smashing the fruit and sugar together, and then adding the cachaça. Cachaça is also Brazil’s most popular spirit, with around 390 million gallons being consumed annually. Cachaça was originally popular with the poorer Brazilians due to its low price; however more expensive varieties are now produced. Although most commonly used in Caipirinhas, it is thought that aged cachaça should be drunk neat as it is a premium variety.
Caipirinhas are consumed in restaurants, homes and bars across the country. Once unknown outside of Brazil, Caipirinhas are now gaining increasing international significance. They are now served in cocktail bars across the world, and the International Bartenders’ Association has now named it one of their official cocktails. However, Brazil is definitely where the best are made! Due to the strength of cachaça, the Caipirinha is easily Brazil’s strongest cocktail. If you can’t quite handle the strength of a Caipirinha, then you could try a Caipiroska instead! It’s a variation of the Caipirinha which uses vodka instead of the usual cachaça, and is usually a bit less strong.
“You can’t beat a Caipirinha on Ipanema beach at sunset” - Sinead, Latin America specialist
Why not have a go at making your own? Sinead is adamant you have to go to Brazil to try the real deal, but this is a good way to get you inspired in the meantime!
2 shots of cachaça
Half a lime
2 teaspoons of sugar
1 cup of crushed ice
1. Muddle 4 lime wedges and 2 teaspoons of raw sugar in a glass
2. Add 1 cup of crushed ice
3. Pour in 2 shots of cachaça
4. Stir and serve, leaving the lime wedges in the glass