Published by Harper Perenniel
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.”
Total Timeunder 15 minutes
Five Ingredients or LessYes
Taste and Texturefrothy, fruity, tangy, tart
Type of Dishalcoholic beverage
- 8 limes
- 2 cups cachaça, light rum, or vodka
- 1 cup superfine sugar
- Crushed ice
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.
1991 Eric V. Copage