Caipirissima

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Caipirissima
Rum
1½ oz
Simple Syrup
½ oz
Lime Juice
1 each
Instructions

Cut the lime into quarters and muddle gently in a glass with the rum and simple syrup. Add ice and server.

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This drink is the underprivileged brother to the Caipirinha. The Caipirissima uses white rum instead of the Cachaça found in the Caipirinha, so for those that don’t want to invest in a bottle of the fiery South American sugar cane distillate, the Caipirissima is a good starting point. I do recommend that you use a good quality white rum, like Appleton or Havana Club Blanco, both of which are barrel aged for a short period of time and provide a good rum flavour. Fresh limes are an absolute must, and a good muddler will help. 

The Caipirinha is the latest trendy cocktail making its way through North America. The drink is extremely simple to make and it consists of three ingredients, Cachaca, lime and sugar (four if you include ice). A whole lime is required and it needs to be cut into quarters. You can wedge it or make slices, it's your choice. I prefer slices as they are easier to muddle and if done right you can save a couple of the lime slices to do a nice layering effect. Place the lime into a heavy walled glass, like a shaker glass, (you don't want to break the glass while muddling, safety first) and muddle the lime forcefully, but don't make a paste, just express all the juice. You want to get the lime oils out of the peel because that seems to make this drink. You can add the sugar before or after, but if you are using granular sugar, add it before muddling. Once you've muddled simply pour into a rocks glass with the cachaca and pack with ice, garnish with a lime and serve.

For the Caipirissima, simply follow the above procedure and substitute rum in place of Cachaca. It's a simple drink, but it has an intriguing rustic edginess compared to the fruit flavoured "martini's" that seem to have invaded every bar menu around the globe. Think of the Caipirissima / Caipirissima as the grunge bands of the early 1990s: Nirvana vs Poison or Sound Garden vs Bon Jovi.

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