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Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha, is made with lime, sugar, and a sugarcane hard liquor called cachaça—but don’t call it Brazilian rum. Cachaça is a fermented and distilled spirit made from fresh sugarcane juice (different than rum, which is made from molasses). The Caipirinha cocktail takes some muddling in a rocks glass to achieve the right balance of sweet and fruity flavor.

Although a Caipirinha can use any fruit that can be muddled (like passionfruit or kiwi), to make it the true national cocktail of Brazil, the drink recipe must use lime.

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Caipirinha Recipe

Makes
1 cocktail
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces cachaça
  • 1 fresh lime
  • ½–2 teaspoons sugar (depending on your taste)
  • Garnish with a lime wheel
  1. Cut the lime into small wedges.
  2. Put the lime wedges and sugar into a rocks glass and muddle the ingredients together.
  3. Add some ice cubes or crushed ice.
  4. Add cachaça to top off.
  5. Garnish with your lime wheel and serve.

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