Sunday, August 2, 2009

Caipirinha - Great Summer Drink

recently had the pleasure of attending a wonderful summer birthday celebration and I just loved the drink that was served. I had previously never heard of it before but was totally sold after the first sip. It is called Caipirinha and is made with the Brazilian liquor Cachaca.
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This is a strong drink and is to be sipped slowly, not gulped. Yet this lime and sugar mixture is incredibly refreshing; great for an outdoor party or BBQ on a beautiful summer day in Chicago!

There are three major ingredients needed for the Caipirinha. The following recipe is what I thought were the best levels of each - Enjoy!

Cachaca (ca-sha-sa). Not available at all liquor stores, Dominics on Chicago Ave. in Bucktown carries it - will run you about $30 per bottle

Lime. Lots of limes are needed for this drink. Stanley's Produce on North and Elston usually runs a great deal of 10 limes for $1. Cut limes in half, then quarter each half. Use four pieces (1/2 a lime) per drink.

Brown Sugar. The amount needed for each drink depends on your individual taste. This is because the sugar offsets the strength of the other ingredients. A large teaspoon is usually sufficient.

Ice. Crushed ice works best, enough to fill serving glass 3/4 of the way full.

Muddle. Used to mix the drink

Glass. Having two works best

Starting with the glass the drink will be served in, fill 3/4 of the way with crushed ice. In separate glass, add limes and brown sugar. Muddle until all sugar is dissolved. Add 1 1/2 ounces of Cachaca. Muddle briefly. Pour mixture into serving cup (over ice). Muddle until limes are pressed to bottom of cup.

CHEERS! - It's that simple

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