As the days get hotter we try to make the most out of our barbeques - after all we’re in England and every bit of good weather is precious to us.
If you have friends over for a barbecue, we suggest that you take your hosting skills to another level by making the most popular Brazilian drink of all time, the classic Caipirinha!
Caipirinhas come in all shapes and sizes, as do cachaças, the spirit used in them. Similar to rum, cachaça is a distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice and it dates back to 1532 when one of the Portuguese colonisers brought the first cuttings of sugar cane over to Brazil from Madeira.
Today cachaça is the most popular distilled alcoholic beverage in Brazil and it is most commonly used to make Caipirinhas.
The Caipirinha is so popular in Brazil that nearly every household will have a muddler and a few bottles of cachaça in their cupboard. At The Snug we have several fruit variations of the Caipirinha and some-outside-the-box versions, like the Far East Caipirinha made with fresh chillies and lychee.
If you are making a Caipirinha at home we suggest you stay true to the simple, classic and refreshing recipe.
To make one Caipirinha you’ll need:
- 50 ml of Cachaça
- 1 Fresh lime cut into 8 wedges (4 wedges for mixing, 1 wedge for garnish)
- 2 teaspoons of white or brown sugar
- 1 Muddler
- 1 stirrer or bar spoon
- Crushed Ice
- Highball or rocks glass
- Place 4 lime wedges and sugar into a glass and muddle them together until the sugar dissolves in the lime juice.
- Fill the glass with crushed ice and add the cachaça.
- Stir all ingredients until the level of fluid rises to the brim of the glass.
- By stirring all the ingredients you are allowing the cachaça to blend with the sugar and lime flavours and also diluting the drink with water so it’s easier to drink and refreshingly cold.
Enjoy your cocktail in the company of your friends and over a good barbeque in a balmy summer afternoon at home...or indeed, in one of our bars!