Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cocktail Wednesday- the first one for 2014

It’s my turn this week, and I would have loved to have chosen a Toblerone, they are so yummy, but I didn’t want to kill Shay.  You’re welcome Shay.
Instead I’ve chosen a Caipirinha, apparently the national drink of Brazil.

It’s pretty much just lime, sugar, crushed ice and a type of rum called Cachaça, pronounced Ka cha sa. If you google Caipirinha, there’s quite a few recipe variations, but I like the simple original one.  If you can’t find Cachaça, you could possibly just use a white rum like Bacardi instead, I think. (Not sure whether it would taste the same or similar, in fact I might just do a taste test this evening to check.) Edited to add, after two with the Cachaca, it's not going to happen, but you are welcome to try.  You can use raw sugar or caster sugar or anything in between. You MUST use a fresh lime, not lime juice, as you need to muddle the lime with the sugar to release the oils in the lime rind.
It’s a really great summer drink, which is perfect for today as it's damn hot  with roughly 10000000000% humidity. I kid you not.

Anyway, here's a photo of the ingredients without the ice as it would have melted by the time I'd taken the photo.

Note: The pineapple is not one of the ingredients!!!

The recipe


  • 1lime, quartered
  • 2 tsp fine sugar
  • 2 oz Cachaça
  • crushed ice, not too finely crushed as it melts too fast.


  1. Place the lime wedges and sugar into an old-fashioned glass
  2. Muddle well.
  3. Fill the glass with ice.
  4. Pour in the cachaça.
  5. Stir well.
Note: Keep the sugar mixed in the drink by stirring often. I used quite a large lime so only added half a lime not a whole one.
The first sip and possibly the second sip is a bit like drinking rocket fuel, but persevere and you will be pleasantly surprised at how mellow it is after the first couple of sips.  

Recipe from  here

Cyril the parrot eyeing my drink.
This is a 5 out of 5 for me, a perfect summer pre dinner (during dinner, after dinner, what the heck, anytime it's hot) drink.


  1. I've drunk these before and they are very refreshing indeed. Yours looks great and make me think it's about time I made them again. Nice styling, I totally love your pineapple!!!

  2. It's not exactly cocktail weather here at the moment, but I can imagine myself by the pool in summer with one of these! It's not likely to have Cachaca in it though.

  3. Sounds very refreshing Marg! The pineapple and the parrot are very tropical!

  4. Holy moly, how humid was it today, just disgusting. We had a bit of rain here over dinner and it's much nicer here now- hope you got it too.
    This drink sounds right up my alley, I will have to keep an eye out for that rum. We have Bacardi but I don't want to jeopardise my daiquiri consumption. Although it was gin and tonic all the way tonight; the traditional 'I say chaps, it's rather warm' drink.

  5. You picked a winner...I liked this one a lot (as evidenced by pouring a second !) ...damn you and your photo setups though. Im going to have to get better at styling !

  6. Oh thank god, I was beginning to think you'd both made some kind of insane resolution to dry out!

    We used to quite literally make this by the bucketload when I was a student. One of my friends was half Brazillian, and we would make it with vodka rather than rum. It went down rather too nicely as I recall lol

  7. Even though I rarely drink I think I could probably try this one.

  8. Sounds like it might knock the parrot off its perch!

  9. Your pictures are great! Just wish I'd read this before I made mine because, somehow, I left out the crushed ice. I might try it with vodka next time since rum is not one of my favorites ...

  10. As I told Thea and Shay, I'd have never made it past half of the first one. It sounds delicious.

  11. Shay is right - your staging is gorgeous! Great pick on the drink - I love lime.


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