The caipirinha is considered the most popular cocktail in Germany. Often, the pieces of lime are carelessly crushed instead of properly crushed. I personally prefer to slice the lime and shake the caipirinha. Whether you add white or brown cane sugar in coarse or fine is a matter of taste.
Some prefer sugar crumbs in the mouth, others want it to be completely dissolved. My favorite is the latter. When choosing the cachaça, you are spoiled for choice, there is a lot more choice here than the well-known Pitú. I also prefer to use ice cubes instead of crushed ice because the cocktail doesn't water down as quickly.
Origin and meaning of the Caipirinha
The term "caipirinha" comes from the Brazilian word caipira, which means something like rural people or farmers. The diminutive form of caipira is caipirinha – and that means something like “country egg”. A very funny name for a cocktail!
Since the end of the 18th century, Brazilian rural residents are said to have drunk the mixture of lime, cachaça and honey at the time as an anti-flu remedy. The rural upper class liked the drink and consumed it for enjoyment reasons. This is probably how the term Caipirinha came about.
After the First World War, the Caipirinha found its way into the big cities and became known worldwide in the following decades. It is still considered a very popular cocktail today. In Brazil, the caipirinha is only mixed with fine, white cane sugar, in Germany very often with brown, coarse cane sugar. There are several variants of this cocktail in which the cachaca is exchanged for other basic spirits, e.g. B. Caipiroska (with vodka) or Caipirissima (with rum).
What is Cachaca?
Cachaça is a sugar cane schnapps originating from Brazil and produced there. Colorless cachaça is bottled immediately after distillation and brings a lot of fruity and freshness, but also a bit alcoholic bite. Yellow or gold-colored cachaça was stored in barrels made from local woods (such as Balsamo or Ipe Amarelo), is milder and brings a greater variety of flavors with it. Cachaça usually has 40% alcohol. In Brazil, sugar cane schnapps is often enjoyed neat, in German-speaking countries it is more known as a mixed spirit. The Caipirinha has made the Cachaça world famous.
The caipirinha is a fruity-fresh cocktail and wonderfully suitable for summer (e.g. for barbecuing). Quick and easy to manufacture, it is extremely popular worldwide. It should be noted here that despite the fruitiness and sweetness, more than half of the drink consists of 40% alcohol. If possible, you should use organic limes to avoid unwanted pesticides in the cocktail.
Caipirinha (Delicious Drinks, 2014)
- 5cl Cachaca (Velho Barreiro)
- 1 lime
- 3 tsp white cane sugar (guarani)
Mix Caipirinha quickly yourself
Cut the lime into slices, discard both ends as they contain bitter substances. Put lime slices, cachaça and cane sugar with ice cubes in the metal half of the cocktail shaker (ideally a Boston shaker.) If you use a Boston shaker with the guest glass (from which the cocktail is drunk), close the shaker and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds . Place the shaken cocktail including ice cubes in the glass and enjoy.
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