Caipirinha (The kuy-pe-REENya)

Printemps 2004
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food and drink

BY: James Chatto

The name of Brazil's most famous cocktail means “little peasant girl”, a reflection of the roots of its prime ingredient, cachaça (ka-SHASSa). A spirit distilled from sugar cane juice.

1 lime or half a lemon, cut into quarters
2 tsp fine sugar
2 oz Cachaça
Ice

Add the lime or lemon and the sugar to a tumbler or old-fashioned glass. With a wooden pestle or spoon, crush the fruit to release the juices. Add the Cachaça and ice. Pour everything into a cocktail shaker and shake well. Return everything to the tumbler.