Caipirinha de Limão
Well, obviously you cannot take a cooking class in Brazil without making the country’s national cocktail! This famous drink is made of cachaça, a distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice, that I refer to as “fire water.” I tried drinking it straight once when I was in Rio and wow that hurt bad… reminded me of those college days attempting to shoot Everclear… sigh.
The caipirinha most likely derived from a common home remedy recipe of garlic, honey, lemon, and alcohol that emerged in São Paulo during the 1918 Spanish flu outbreak. This concoction is still popular today in curing common colds. Eventually the garlic was removed… sugar was added to reduce the acidity… ice was added to ward off the heat… the caipirinha was born for the world’s imbibing pleasure.
Caipirinha de Limão (recipe by Simone Almeida of Cook in Rio)
Ingredients (per serving):
- 1 small lime, cut into pieces
- 1 T of passion fruit
- 2 T of sugar
- 1 shot of cachaça
In each glass, put the cut up lime, passion fruit, and sugar.
Use a pestle to muddle the ingredients together. Add ice and a shot of cachaça.