I don’t know about you, but my watch says that it’s half past cocktail o’clock right now. (not really, but I wish it did…)
Before we get to the fun stuff, I’d like to bore you with a very short pronunciation and history lesson. The Caipirinha (pronounced “kai-pir-in-yuh”) is the national drink of Brazil and is traditionally made with lime, sugar, and cachaça (pronounced kuh-sha-suh). Cachaça is similar in taste to rum, and is sometimes known as ‘Brazilian Rum’, however the two are not exactly the same. Cachaça is made by distilling fresh sugar cane juice, while rum is made from molasses. Both are awesome, however the Caipirinha should be made with cachaça for a more traditional taste.
Ok, enough about that. This week I present you with a refreshing and summery twist on the traditional Caipirinha- the Coconut Caipirinha (or as I also like to call it, the Lime In The Coconut).
Time: 2 mins
.5 oz Lime Juice
1.5 oz Coconut Rum
1.5 oz Cachaça
.25 – .5 oz Simple Syrup (depending on how sweet you want it)
Ice for Shaking and Serving
Sugar (for rim)
1 Whole Lime
Cut your lime into circles.
Swipe a piece of lime around your rim and dip the glass’s rim in white sugar.
Lightly muddle three slices of lime in your glass and lightly muddle them to loosen the juices. Add a large ice cube on top of the muddled lime.
Pour cachaça simple syrup, lime juice, and coconut rum into a shaker with ice.
Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and strain into your rocks glass.