Cachaça-Lime Cocktail (Caipirinha)

Caipirinha

The key to making a smooth, refreshing caipirinha, the sugarcane rum cocktail that is Brazil's national drink, is to crush the lime vigorously to release its essential oils. See the recipe for Caipirinha »André Baranowski

The key to making a smooth, refreshing caipirinha, the sugarcane rum cocktail that is Brazil's national drink, is to crush the lime vigorously to release its essential oils. Use the best cachaça you can find (cheaper versions have an overly strong, alcoholic flavor). We like a brand, made in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, called Pirapora.