Cocktails with Nanju | The Caipirinha

How to make a caipirinha

I've got spring fever! The calendar says it's Spring but Mother Nature hasn't quite caught up yet. The cold temperatures aren't stopping me from indulging in springtime cocktails. Meet the Caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail and one of my personal favorites. A caipirinha is made with cachaça, sugar or simple syrup, and lime. 3 ingredients and a whole lot of flavor!

Caipirinhas are refreshing, earthy, tangy and delicious. The cachaça is what makes this cocktail so special. Unlike rum, cachaça is made from fermented, then distilled fresh sugarcane juice. I love it because it's one of the few hard liquors I can have with zero guilt. I've got a loooooong list of food allergies so I try to avoid most liquors because they're usually derived from grains that I'm allergic to. The lime and sugar are pretty easy to find so I won't go into their origins.
How to make a caipirinhaWhipping up a caipirinha is super easy. In a small mason jar or old fashioned glass,  smash lime and sugar together, add cachaça and ice. In a small mason jar, combine the lime juice and sugar. Pour in the cachaça, add some ice then shake. Garnish with a wedge of lime and some sunshine, sand and samba if available.