Friday, June 1, 2007

The Caipirinha (lime drink)

The "Caipirinha" is Brazil's national drink
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Caipirinha (pronounced [kaj.pi.'ri.ɲɐ]) is Brazil's national cocktail made with Cachaça (pronounced IPA: [ˌkaˈʃasɐ]), sugar and lime. Cachaça is Brazil's most common distilled alcoholic beverage. Like rum, it is made from sugarcane, however, cachaça is made from sugarcane juice whereas rum is made from molasses, a byproduct of the sugar refining process. It is common to substitute vodka or rum in drinks made with cachaça, including the Caipirinha.
8 limes wedges
2 1/2 oz cachaca or Bacardi/absolute if you can't find cachaca

Muddle the sugar into the lime wedges in an old-fashioned glass. Fill the glass with ice cubes. Pour the cachaca into the glass. Stir well.

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