How to make:
MUDDLE lime with sugar in the base of a robust glass to release the juices and oils from the lime as well as to help dissolve the sugar. Pour cachaça into glass and STIR. Add add ice and STIR some more before serving.
If you are European or in North America you're probably used to this drink being served with crushed ice, but until you have tried it with cubed ice you have not really experienced a Caipirinha. Be sure to muddle the lime and sugar well and stir both before adding ice and after.
Pronounced 'Kie-Pur-Reen-Yah', the name of this traditional Brazilian cocktail literally translates as 'little countryside drink'. It is made by muddling green lemons known as 'limon sutil', which are native to Brazil (limes are the best substitute when these are not available), and mixing with sugar and cachaça. Be sure to muddle in a sturdy, non-breakable glass.
In Britain and other 'new' cachaça markets it is common practice to serve this drink with crushed ice but in Brazil it is usually served with cubed ice. Capirinhas and variations on the theme are staples in cachaçarias, traditional Brazilian bars which specialise in cachaça.