Don’t Judge Me Mondays: Caipirinha
Our friend Brian shared his favorite cocktail with us, and it’s fantastic so I’ll be sharing it with you today. Derek and Brian have been friends since high school. One of the first times I met Brian was when we went to his house for his birthday party. He was BBQing for a bunch of his friends. I offered to bring a dessert and he told us he “wasn’t much of a sweets guy” and I’ll admit that gave me pause. Who doesn’t like sweets, lol! Well I soon realized that Brian had another indulgence that I could get behind, cocktails! He was a bartender for awhile and knows all kinds of stuff. So when he told us about this cocktail, I couldn’t wait to try it! It’s called a Caipirinha.
A Caipirinha is made with Cachaça, which is a spirit made from fermented sugarcane. It is Brazilian but you should be able to find anywhere you would buy rum. Not surprisingly, it has a similar flavor to rum since it is made from similar ingredients. This cocktail is made simply with three ingredients: lime, sugar and Cachaça. The classic way to make it is by muddling lime and sugar in a glass and adding ice and Cacaçha on top. I found that method cumbersome, so I am sharing my own way.
Let’s get to it!
You’ll start by making a lime simple syrup. In a small saucepan, add the lime juice and super fine sugar. You should be able to find this sugar next to the regular granulated sugar at your local grocery store. You could also make it by grinding granulated sugar in a food processor. Just make sure to measure the sugar after it’s ground fine.
Mix together the lime juice and sugar and cook over medium heat for about four minutes or until the sugar is dissolved. Now let the syrup cool in the fridge.
To make the actual cocktail, fill a highball glass with ice.
Now pour in one ounce of the syrup and a shot of Cachaça and top off with another ounce of the syrup.
Give it a gentle stir and garnish with a small lime wedge. You’ll have lime simple syrup leftover and you can store it in the fridge for up to a month.
This cocktail is light and tart with a little bit of sweetness. It’s very nice for the summer.
Enjoy and thanks to Brian for this idea!
- 1 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 cup super fine sugar
- 2 ounces lime simple syrup
- 1 1/2 ounces Caçhaca
- Mix lime juice and super fine sugar to a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat for about four minutes or until the sugar is dissolved.
- Cool syrup in the fridge.
- Fill a highball glass with ice.
- Pour in 1 ounce of the syrup and a shot of Cachaca and top off with another ounce of the syrup.
- Give it a gentle stir and garnish with a small lime wedge.