IIIIIIIT’s FRIDAY! And you know what that means! It’s cocktail time! Caipirinhas are the traditional drink of Brazil. They are made with cachaca which is sort of the Brazilian version of rum. I was given a big bottle of cachaca a couple months ago so I could experiment making different kinds of Caipirinhas this summer.
The regular drink is super basic, comprising of three itty bitty ingredients and that’s not including ice. It’s like a little blank canvas, that gives us room to add in all kinds of different things like…blueberries and ginger! If you like mojitos, you’ll like this drink. It’s a mojito without the mint and fizz. Caipirinhas are usually made with sugar, muddled limes and cachaca. To cut down on the amount of sugar in them, we substituted with agave and on the second drink, poured in a little soda water. You’ll understand why if you make one.
I know I did a blueberry drink last week, but blueberries are in season and I can’t find enough ways to use them in the kitchen! I hope you like blueberries, this may or may not be the last one.:)
Makes 2 drinks
- 2 large limes
- 4 tsp of agave nectar (maybe a little more)
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/4 tsp of fresh grated ginger root
- 8 oz of cachaca
Cut the limes into quarters and divide between two glasses. Add 2 teaspoons of agave, 1/4 cup of blueberries and ginger to each glass. Muddle the fruit until most of the lime juice is released and the blueberries are crushed. Pour in the cachaca and add ice. You can shake this up in a cocktail shaker if you want or just stir it good to get it cold. Add in more agave if need be.