The Cocktail Diaries: Caipirinha

by Rebekahcooked up on March 17, 2015

Hello! It’s been a busy couple of weeks. I just got done at SXSW, a conference that looks like all fun and games if you are far away, but if you have been you know that it is a crazy mix of networking, working on your normal job, running from event to event, learning a TON and also definitely having a great time. It’s an experience! I learned so much cool stuff.

And, of course, I’ll post an Austin food guide later. The day after, I’m happy to be relaxing in a great hotel room, half-watching a Chopped marathon and getting caught up on normal correspondence. I had the simplest dinner tonight – a citrusy piece of fish with almonds and rice and a can of beer – it was too dark for a nice photo, but it definitely hit the spot.

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The caipirinha has always been one of my favorite cocktails. But it hasn’t always been easy to find cachaca just anywhere. Luckily, it’s getting easier and easier – I’ve started to see Novo Fogo at bars across the country – it’s also the cachaca I use at home.

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I made one of these delicious caipirinhas last week after a very busy day at work, when something super, super cold sounded so good. My method is a tiny bit convoluted and probably wouldn’t work for fast production of large numbers, but I’m doubling the ice to get is as cold as possible. But I also want to keep the lime halves.

This will result in a slightly larger amount of dilution. For a cocktail that is composed of only a spirit, an acid and a tiny bit of sugar, I don’t actually think that’s a bad thing.

Here’s what you need:
2 oz. cachaca (recommended: Novo Fogo)
1/2 lime, cut into half again
1 tsp. simple syrup
1 lime wheel for garnish

Muddle the limes in the bottom of a shaker, getting as much juice out as possible. Add the cachaca and simple syrup, and fill with ice. Shake until icy, icy cold. Use a fork or spoon to retrieve the lime halves and put them in the bottom of a rocks glass, then fill with ice and strain the shaker over the second round of ice.

Garnish with a lime wheel.

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