WHAT IS CAIPIRINHA?
It is a South American beverage delight! What the Pisco Sour cocktail is to Peru, the Caipirinha (pronounced ky-pee-REE-nya) is to Brazil. If you’re sick of the same old mojitos and margaritas, give this tasty beverage a shot! Traditionally made with cachaça, sugar, and lime juice, Sharpnack and Rodriguez’s recipe adds a touch of the tropics with passion fruit.
SUGGESTIONS WHEN MAKING CAIPIRINHA
- A sultry sip year round
“The Caipirinha can be sipped at sultry summertime parties or during the cold winter months; its tropical flavors transcend all seasons. We used fresh passion fruit for this cocktail, but if you can’t find passion fruit, you can substitute a tropical fruit blend nectar.” (from the book Latin Twist).
- What is cachaca?
“Cachaça is a Brazilian distilled spirit. It is made from sugar cane juice. It is often called “rum” but it is not. Rum is made from molasses. Molasses comes from sugar cane juice that has been boiled down into a syrup.” (from the book Latin Twist).
WHAT PAIRS WELL WITH CAIPIRINHA?
By definition this is a cocktail so pairings become pretty subjective. Having some nice Asiago Rosemary Breadsticks available as finger foods though couldn’t hurt! If you want to try something different, instead of lime try another citrus fruit like kalamansi. (written by Chef Stef)