Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Strawberry Caipirinha

The caipirinha is a well-known drink from Brazil, consisting of Cachaca rum, lime, sugar and ice. It is a crisp and refreshing cocktail, great to enjoy as an aperitif or throughout entire dinner. Actually Cachaca is not exactly rum. It's made from sugarcane juice while rum is made from either molasses or sugarcane juice then aged in oak barrels.

But this recipe is a variation as it is made with my favorite: Tequila:) I'm also adding an original recipe made with Cachaca.

STRAWBERRY CAIPIRINHA

Ingredients:
2 oz Tequila
1 oz Coco Lopez (Cream of Coconut)
1/4 tsp brown sugar
Fresh Strawberries
Fresh limes
Soda
Garnish: Lime wedge

Mixing Instructions:
Muddle the limes and strawberries with brown sugar, add tequila. Top with soda and garnish with lime wedge. (Created by mixologist Ben Pundole, the Sky Bar, Miami FL)

And here is the original recipe:

Ingredients:
2 oz. Leblon Cachaca
4 Strawberries
1/4 Lime - sliced
1 tbsp superfine sugar (or 1 oz. simple syrup)

Mixing Instructions:
Place strawberries, sliced lime and sugar in a shaker and muddle well. Fill shaker with ice and add Leblon Cacha├ža. Shake vigorously and pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with a strawberry.

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