Caipirihna

One More Reason to Go to Brazil.

This is the national drink of Brazil. It's so awesome. And tastes so awesome too.

by Franklin P. Carruthers


 

My Eyes are Open

One summer my family and I traveled to NYC for vacation. It was my first time to visit the Big Apple and didn’t know what was about to happen.

One evening we went to a churrascaria, a Brazilian steakhouse. Luckily I was of legal drinking age, because what I encountered surprised and astounded me.

They served this drink called a Caipirihna. It looked a lot like a margarita but there was no salt, and it looked similar to a mojito minus the mint. They even made it in front of us.

Upon drinking it, I was in another dimension of happy.

The Magic Procedure

The key components of the Caipirihna are Cachaca Pitu, a sort of sugarcane rum imported from Brazil. It’s the bottle with the shrimp on the label. Get the silver, or clear variety, not the gold. Additionally, you will need a lime, some sugar, and some ice.

The ice is super-important. Like the Mint Julep, the ice melts over time slowly diluting the drink. This makes the drink last long. (Or short depending on how thirsty you are.) Take a bag full of ice, and bash it with a hammer. Actually… I like using a food processor or something that can pulverize mass quantities of ice. You will need A LOT of ice for this.

Pour a few tablespoons of sugar into the bottom of a bourbon glass. Take the lime, cut into quarters. Take those quarters and quarter them. Add about a quarter of the total lime. Now you have to smash the limes into the sugar. Do it nicely until you have a sugary lime dredge in the bottom.

Now is the ice. Pack the drink with ice to the top. Now, pour the Pitu into the glass over the ice. Now you’re gonna put a cup on top of it and shake it.

Drink it. Be in heaven.

—Franklin P.

 

 

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Caipirihna

Ingredients
+ 1/2 lime, quartered
+ 1 teaspoon white sugar
+ 2 1/2 fluid ounces cachaca
+ 1 cup ice cubes

Mixing Instructions:
In a large rocks glass squeeze and drop in 2 eighths of lime. Add sugar, crush and
mix with a spoon. Pour in the cachaca and plenty of ice. Stir well.

“Brazil’s national cocktail is so refreshing and delicious! Ask your liquor store to order Cachaca for you if they don’t stock it, there’s no substitute.”