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Cocktail Hour | Caipirinhas

05.08.13

Caipirinha Cocktails

We are heading to beautiful Brazil (not really, but you’ll feel like it when you try these cocktails) during this cocktail hour to taste their signature Caipirinha – pronounced ‘kai-pur-een-ya’. This fresh cocktail is perfect on a warm day hanging out with friends in the backyard.

A little history on Caipirinha will further make you appreciate and enjoy this native cocktail. The signature ingredient in an authentic Caipirinha is Cachaça, which is a cousin of rum, made with 100% fresh cane juice and comes only from Brazil. A classic Caipirinha consists of fresh lime juice, natural sugar, Cachaça, and ice … but turn it up a notch by adding fresh fruit and/or herbs for a unique, delicious taste.

Our history lesson is brought to us by Leblon.

fresh strawberriesThe version Sean chose to make for us was the Strawberry Basil Caipirinha. Amazing!

The Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Leblon Cachaca
  • 3 Strawberries
  • 3 Basil Leaves – torn
  • 1/4 Lime
  • 1 oz. Simple Syrup

If you don’t know what Simple Syrup is, check out the post on The Mojito.

fresh lime

The Process:

  • Muddle the lime, strawberries, basil and sugar in a shaker.
  • Fill the shaker with ice and add Leblon Cachaça
  • Shake, Shake, Shake!
  • Serve on the rocks
  • Garnish with a strawberry

Strawberry Basil Caipirinha

Cheers to a great weekend & let me know if you try it with any other fresh fruit or herb mixtures!

-Kristin

 

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