The Brazil Blog: Cachaça Cocktails!

Brazilian food and culture are tipped to be on trend this summer, so over the next few months we pledge to supply you with tips, tricks and recipes Brazilian-style, in the hope that we can bring a little bit of sunshine to London!

Cachaça is a spirit which comes from sugar-cane juice and is synonymous with Brazil. The spirit is a staple liquor in many tropical cocktail concoctions but the most popular in Brazil is the Caipirinha.

Classic Caipirinha 

You will need:
1 Lime cut into quarters
5 fl oz Cachaça
2 teaspoons of White Sugar
Ice Cubes

Cut the limes into quarters, squeeze and drop into a jug. Add sugar to the lime and crush with a spoon or mortar. Pour in the Cachaça, add the ice, stir well and serve. Add more lime to garnish. 

Cherry Caipirinha 

You will need: 
2 lime slices, plus additional slices for garnish
3 Ripe black Cherries
2 Brown Sugar Cubes
2 Dashes of Angostura bitters
1/4 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 1/2 oz. Cachaça

Put the lime slices, cherries, sugar cubes, bitters and lime juice in to a glass. Muddle the ingredients in the glass until the sugar has dissolved and the limes are crushed. Add the Cachaça and ice. Cover the glass with a Boston shaker and give it a short, vigorous shake. Garnish with a lime slice and serve.

Tarragon Caipirinha Lolly

You will need: 
1g tarragon juice
700ml Cachaça
350ml lime juice
175ml sugar cane syrup
1 litre mineral water 

Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until well mixed.
Pour into moulds or lolly bags and place in a freezer until frozen.

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