Of all things Brazilian, you’ve probably heard of Caipirinha, our heraldic emblem and one of Brazil’s greatest contributions to the food and wine world.
Essentially, caipirinha is a simple cocktail based on a mixture of mashed lime with sugar, ice, and cachaça. As elementary as it is, there are a few variables that could make all the difference in your drink. The lime should be cut into medium-sized chunks. It is then mashed with sugar by a wooden muddler until the lime releases its oils. Transfer this mixture to a shaker, add some ice, cachaca, shake it, and pour. Done!
It was OMG at first sight when I saw some Meyer Lemons at the farmers market and used it as an inspiration for this gleaming new recipe. It subtly glimmers for an occasion that blends easy Connecticut elegance with a casual, Latin spirit.
Meyer Lemon Caipirinha
Makes 1 caipirinha
2 Meyer Lemons
1 tablespoon organic cane sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons cachaça (adjust amount to taste)
In a grinder, mash lemon and sugar together.
Transfer to a drink shaker. Add Cachaca, and ice; shake well and pour into a cup.
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