Caipirinha: the national cocktail of Brasil

caipirinha-detalleCaipirinha  is a very popular cocktail and, as somebody once said, it is a cocktail fun to make, easy to drink and hard to pronounce. If you didn’t know, Caipirinha comes from Brasil, which explains the difficult pronunciation and it is  made with cachaça (sugar cane hard liquor), sugar and lime.

There are different stories about caipirinha’s origin so let us tell you one of them, the most famous one.

In the past, there was a mixture of lemon, garlic and honey which was commonly used as a remedy for Spanish flu, At that time it was common to put some alcohol to home remedie so mostly people used rum. Around 1918 in the state of Sao Paolo, somebody just removed garlic and honey, added some sugar and created this drink so popular nowadays.If you asked yourselves about the meaning of the Word caipirinha, it is the diminutive of the word caipira, meaning a person from the countryside which an equivalent of the word hillbilly.

Caipirinha is really easy to make. Just follow the steps and you’ll enjoy drinking this great cocktail in no time.

Caipirinha Ingredients

  • 1/2 Lime
  • 1 cL Sour mix
  • 1 tablespoon of Brown sugar
  • 4 cL Cachaça
  • 1 cL Soda

How to make a Caipirinha

Cut the lime 8 pieces. Place pieces of lime in an double old-fashioned glass. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar into the glass and add sour mix. Using a muddler or the butt end of a large wooden spoon, mash the limes into the base of the glass. Try to dissolve the sugar as you do this, and stir occasionally. Fill the glass with ice, cachaça and soda. Pour the contents of the glass into a shaker, and invert the glass into the shaker to act as a lid. Shake the glass and shaker to combine the sugar and cachaca for several seconds. Lift the glass from the shaker, and pour the contents back into the glass.