Cachaça: kah/SHAH/sahCaipirinha: ky/pah/REE/nyah
The Caipirinha? Think of it as Brazil's answer to the Mojito, except with cachaça instead of rum. There's also a vodka version called a Caipiroska, but that's another post.
The Caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail, is made with Cachaça, (also known as pinga, or caninha) which is Brazil's very popular distilled alcoholic beverage. Originally concocted as a cure for the Spanish flu, the original drink started out with lime, garlic and honey. Someone along the way had the wherewithal to remove the garlic and toss in a few ice cubes and the Caipirinha was born.
I took the basics and added a blackberry brandy float and blackberries, because I can never leave well enough alone ... and I had gorgeous, giant Driscoll's blackberries.
1-1/2 Oz. Velho Barreiro Cachaça
1/2 Cup Fresh Blackberries(frozen berries may be substituted in the off-season)
1/2 Oz. Blackberry Brandy
4 Lime Quarters
2 Tsp. Sugar
Garnish: Fresh Blackberries, Lime Wedge
Tools: Mixing Glass, Muddler
Muddle the blackberries, lime & sugar in the bottom of a mixing glass.
Add ice, pour in the Cachaça, stir to chill.
Float the blackberry brandy on top, garnish and serve.
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International Cachaça Day is June 12th and National Blackberry Day is September 12th.
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