Back of Happy Hour: Caipirinha It may be the dead of Winter, but this past weekend, San Francisco felt like pure Summer, with clear skies and balmy temperatures. I decided to celebrate with a drink that couldn't be more appropriate: the Caipirinha. This drink, is made with limes, as well as a special liquor called cachaça, which incidentally happens to be the national liquor of Brazil. Over the past five years, cachaça has developed a large fan base in the United States. Like rum, it's made from sugarcane, but while rum is made from distilled molasses, cachaça is the product of fermented sugarcane juice. To make this cocktail, you can choose any brand, but I used Água Luca ($28.99), a premium variety of cachaça that's filtered a whopping 12 times. On the nose, it resembles tequila, and it has a light, clean flavor with a slightly sweet finish. Although Água Luca can easily be enjoyed by itself on the rocks, its sweet-tart flavor is incredible when used in a caipirinha. To transport your palate to Brazil, . Caipirinha From Água Luca Ingredients2 oz. cachaça 1 oz. simple syrup 1 lime, quartered Cracked ice Directions In a shaker, muddle sugar and limes thoroughly. Add cachaça and cracked ice. Shake vigorously and pour contents of shaker, including ice, into an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a lime wedge. Makes 1 cocktail. Information Category Drinks, Cocktails Cuisine South American View 4 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Comments aimeeb 8 years Never had one but sounds yum... emalove 8 years I love these! ntshlv 8 years real caipirinha must be made with granulated sugar!! no brazillian i know (myself included) uses simple syrup for caipirinha even if it is more convenient... liltamby5 8 years Thanks for the recipe! I always wanted to make one of those. I wonder how it would taste with absinthe?? Food 8 years @Shoneyjoe - you have a point! I'm huge on the convenience of simple syrup, but there is something about the granulated character of regular sugar in combination with the muddled limes that can make a caipirinha sensation. If you're a sugar fan like shoneyjoe, you can use 2 tsp. of granulated sugar instead. syako 8 years Love these!! shoneyjoe 8 years Don't use simple syrup - you want the granules of sugar to assist in the muddling of the limes. As for the shaker, I've never seen much need. I had an amazingly authentic (and thus, a tad harsh) caipirinha in a neighborhood party in Rio. Two limes cut into eighths plopped into a cup (I got one of those giant 16 oz. plastic jobs - whoo!). Add about a tablespoon of sugar and muddle. Fill with ice cubes. Fill with cachaça and stir with a straw. Don't worry about everything being evenly distributed - each sip should be a little different: some sweet, some sour, some very boozy, some not so much. Food 8 years I wanted a super strong drink that I could really get acquainted with, so I used a highball glass and doubled the recipe! ImJessica 8 years My love for cairpirinhas is only second to my love of mojitos. So delicious and refreshing! tlsgirl 8 years I've always wanted to know how to make one of these. Thanks for the recipe! DeviousMuse 8 years Mmmmm... yummy. Its tradition for me & the bf to go to one of the churrascaria restaurants (Brazilian Steakhouses) in Atlanta, and we always get there about 20 minutes before our reservation so we can enjoy a caiprinha at the bar before our meal. mamasitamalita 8 years I LOVE caipirinhas!!!! so refreshing and potent without being too much to handle. I had one at a bar in Boston that made it with muddled berries, it was divine.