Caipiroska

Caipiroska

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Borsch, Vodka and Tears
Serves
1
Photographer
Bonnie Savage

In Brazilian vernacular caipira refers to an uneducated hick. The diminutive form (or the cutesy affectionate way of saying it) is caipirinha, which also refers to Brazil’s national drink. Cachaça is a type of rum made from fermented sugarcane juice rather than molasses as most rum is. When this is muddled with chopped lime and freshly squeezed sugarcane juice or sugar and topped with ice the caipirinha is formed. The drink has become so wildly popular that variations have sprung up all over the place. One popular take on it is to add clear vodka in place of the Cachaça in which case it’s called a caipiroska (which people insist on pronouncing caprioska). Our version contains mint, which is probably taken from the mojito, another variation on the theme made with Cuban-style white rum.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1/2 lime, chopped, plus 1 wedge extra
icing sugar
60ml clear vodka
2 teaspoons soft brown sugar or freshly squeezed sugarcane juice
2-3 mint leaves, torn

Method

  1. Run the extra lime wedge around the lip of a tumbler and dip it in icing sugar, to coat the rim.
  2. Put the vodka, lime, sugar and mint in a shaker, and muddle until the juice has come out of the limes. Add crushed ice and shake hard for 10 seconds. Pour the finished drink into the glass and serve. (With regard to the mint, cutting it too fine just makes the drink harder to drink and the glass harder to clean. Also, a dull knife can damage the mint.)
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