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How to Make a Caipirinha

The national drink of Brazil, the caipirinha is the perfect partner on a sultry summer night.


  • Step 1: Wash and cut lime Wash the lime and slice it into wedges.
  • Step 2: Muddle the sugar and limes Add the lime wedges and a teaspoon of sugar to the glass. Muddle them thoroughly.
  • TIP: A muddler is a fancy bar term for a blunt wooden object used to crush fruit. If you don’t have one, a pestle or wooden spoon will do.
  • Step 3: Add cachaça and stir Add two ounces of cachaça, a Brazilian spirit distilled from sugarcane. Stir.
  • Step 4: Add ice and stir Add ice and stir briskly. Now which way to the dance floor?
  • FACT: The caipirinha began as a rural drink and comes from the Portuguese word for hillbilly.

You Will Need

  • A whole lime
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 oz. cachau00e7a
  • Ice
  • A tumbler
  • A muddler

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