Andrés & I first tried the caipirinha (pronouced “kie-pur-reen-yah”) last May at a small Thai restaurant. It’s a Brazilian drink made with cachaça, a liquor made from fermented sugarcane. Cachaça is similar to rum in that it has unaged (clear) & aged (gold) varieties, but most rum is made from molasseses (after the crystallization of sugar) &  cachaça is made prior to crystallization of sugar.

There are many variations like passion fruit, kiwi, & strawberry.

Fun Fact: the word caipirinha  is the diminutive version of the word caipira, which refers to someone from the countryside. So pretty much a hillbilly.

This hillbilly drink is my chosen tipple for this summer. It’s refreshing & packs a helluva punch.

Muddle 4 wedges of lime &  1½ tablespoons of sugar in a tumbler.

Fill the tumbler with ice & add 3 ounces of cachaça (we use Pitú)

Shake well, then strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice.

Try not to take your shirt off & dance like Rick Astley on your boyfriend’s patio. He’ll throw shoes at your head!


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