Caipirinha. It is a Brazilian cocktail consisting of cachaça, lime, sugar and ice. It is usually presented with straws, since the secret of the caipirinha lies in drinking the liquid from the bottom of the container, since all the juice from the lime and sugar is at the bottom and little by little it mixes with the cachaça. Drinking without a straw is not recommended, as the flavor is not the same, all the cachaça is undiluted above and is quite strong.
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- 1 History
- 2 Ingredients
- 3 Preparation
- 4 Variations
- 5 Sources
At first it appears as a fruit juice that Brazilian slaves mixed with cachaça, to drink on certain festivities. The most popular drink was the one that was mixed with lime, but not including pieces of the shelled fruit in it. Later versions were made with different ingredients until evolving to the current recipe.
In 2003, the Lula government instituted it as the typical official drink of Brazil.
- 1 lemon (Originally limao, a kind of lemon typical of Brazil, is used, but a common lemon serves the same way).
- Crushed ice
- Cut the lemon or lime into pieces, and crush them a little to extract the juice.
- Add a few tablespoons of sugar, and ice (NOT crushed).
- Add the cachaça, according to the amount we want (always in moderation).
- To finish, stir a bit, put a straw, and leave the lime pieces inside.
- Three variations are known in Brazil: Caipiroska, replacing Cachaça with vodka, Caipisake, replacing Cachaça with Sake and Caipirisima using Ron instead of Cachaça .
- In other parts of the world you can find CaipiGin, replacing Cachaça with gin.
- In addition, other fruits can also be used in its preparation, such as: kiwi, strawberry , red fruits, pineapple .
- Once the Lima is cut, add the sugar and mash with the wooden handle of the mortar. This extracts the juice, and the sugar, by eroding the skin, releases a liquid that aromatizes and neutralizes excessive acidity.
- There are also other varieties that, following the same preparation model, substitute the lime for other fruits ( melon , kiwi, strawberries)