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!