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Caipirinha

Updated February 23, 2016
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Margarita fans will line up at the blender for seconds of these lime-infused libations. But bartender beware—they are as potent as they are tasty. The main ingredient is cachaça, a type of Brazilian rum that can be found in Portuguese/Brazilian neighborhoods in urban areas like Miami and Newark. Cachaça comes in two varieties, silver and gold (which are interchangeable in this concoction), and tastes like a cross between rum and eau-de-vie.

“Caipirinha literally means the ’little hillbilly.’ The people who drink cachaça, the liquor in the drink, are considered hillbillies: rough uncultured people,” says Isabella Bravim. “Cachaca is very strong. Like tequila, it burns you on the way down. Caipirinha, with its sugar and crushed ice, is a softer, but still potent, drink.”

Serves8

CostModerate

Easy

Total Timeunder 15 minutes

OccasionCocktail Party

Recipe Coursebeverage

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner

Moodfestive

Taste and Texturefrothy, fruity, tangy, tart

Type of Dishalcoholic beverage

Ingredients

  • 8 limes
  • 2 cups cachaça, light rum, or vodka
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • Crushed ice

Instructions

Roll the limes on a work surface, pressing hard to bruise them slightly so they release more juice. Halve and squeeze 6 of the limes; you should have about ¾ cup juice. Halve the remaining 2 limes.

In a blender, combine the lime halves, lime juice, cachaça, and sugar. Blend until the lime halves are pureed, about 1 minute.

Pour the mixture into glasses filled with crushed ice, and serve immediately.

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