So on my recent trip to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, I was introduced to my new favourite tipple: Caipirinha. Pronounced Kai-pee-reen-ya, this cocktail is based on Brazil’s signature liquor: cachaça. As with tequila, it comes in yellow and clear varieties. I am reliably informed that the better brands are Seleta (43%), Salines and Vale Verde.
You start with a whole lime, quartered in a stout glass. Add two teaspoons of sugar. Then you mash the pulp into the sugar with a wooden pestal. Now the good part – you add a 5cl of cachaça. Using my jigger, this is a full two and a half measures… most satisfying. Finally, you put as much crushed ice into the glass as it will hold.
If you’ve made it right, it is a light, tasty, refreshing summer drink. After four, you don’t really care any more…