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Kiwi Caipirinha

Kiwi Caipirinha

The caipirinha is the national cocktail of Brazil. Although I have never been to Brazil, I have been to Texas de Brazil, a Brazilian steakhouse that boasts all-you-can-eat steak and whose signature cocktail is – you guessed it – the caipirinha.  While I love the traditional drink, I had a chance to try a kiwi caipirinha on my last cruise (more on that here) and it ended up being my favorite drink on the ship. As soon as I took my first sip, I told my husband that I HAD to learn how to make it.

A caipirinha is traditionally made with cachaça, a Brazilian rum made with distilled sugar cane juice. Having never heard of this liquor, I worried that I wouldn’t be able to find it locally, however, I was able to score an inexpensive bottle at Total Wine. If cachaça is not readily available in your area, you can always make a caipiroska, the vodka version of this cocktail.

This quick and easy kiwi caipirinha puts a tropical spin on the classic Brazilian cocktail.

Kiwi Caipirinha

This quick and easy kiwi caipirinha puts a tropical spin on the classic Brazilian cocktail.
Course Drinks
Servings 2 drinks

Ingredients

  • 2 limes
  • 1 ½ kiwi fruit peeled
  • 4 oz. cachaça rum
  • 1 tbsp. granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Take one of the peeled kiwi and chop small. Add to the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle until juices release and the fruit is mostly liquefied.
  2. Add the juice from the limes (about 4 tablespoons), the cachaça and sugar, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Add ice and the lid to the shaker and shake well
  4. Strain over ice into two old-fashioned glasses.
  5. Slice the remaining ½ kiwi and divide between the two glasses.

Recipe Notes

When straining from the cocktail shaker, shaking the cup while pouring helps the drink to distribute evenly.



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