The Caipirinha is Brazil's national cocktail and features cachaça, which is distilled from fermented sugar cane juice and then aged in various wood barrels. It's a cousin of rum and is kosher without certification, assuming it's aged in natural wood barrels (nearly all are). This cocktail can almost be thought of as an South American Old Fashioned - the ratios and methods are just about the same, minus the bitters.
- 2 oz cachaça (I used plata/silver, which is less funky than ouro.)
- 1/2 of a lime, cut into wedges
- 1.5 teaspoons of sugar
Muddle the lime and the sugar in the bottom of an Old Fashioned glass. Add the cachaça, cover with crushed ice, and stir. It's traditionally served in the cup in which it's stirred, but since I don't like citrus pulp, I strain it into a new rocks glass with a large cube of ice and a lime wheel for garnish.