If you were to ask me my favorite drink, I would answer easily with "a Caipirinha" although, my pronunciation may still be incorrect because I can't seem to say it right no matter how hard I try, but it's ok. Especially now that I know how to make them myself.
Summer is almost coming to a close but anytime you make these, you will feel as if you are relaxing on a beach with the waves crashing.
I had never had the pleasure of tasting one til our trip to Miami in May. Now I am hooked and order them whenever I can. I will admit that the original version is my absolute favorite, but I do like the others also as who am I to discriminate?
In order to make a true caipirinha you must have sugar cane rum known as cachaca. I have seen multiple versions of it made without or some other sugar cane rum and while I am sure it tastes delicious, it isn't a true caipirinha. Not all liquor stores carry it but look around or even ask about ordering it as it is worth it, I promise.
This is the pineapple version and it took a few tries to get the way I liked it for my taste. You can play around and make it to yours. I used crushed pineapples and the juice after I muddled equaled about an ounce. I think it would be really good to infuse the cachaca with the pineapple for a few nights and it may taste even better.
And obviously the pictures are the ones I took of the caiprinahs we ordered while in Miami that got me originally hooked. My photos from the ones I made came out pretty good but my kitchen can't really compare to the view from these;)
2 oz cachaca
1/4 cup pineapples
1 tbsp sugar
Cut the lime into wedges and place with pineapple and sugar in a glass, muddle all the ingredients making sure to crush the fruit and express as much juice as possible. Add in ice and the cachaca, making sure to stir thoroughly. You can always add a little pineapple juice, sugar or lime juice to adjust to your taste.
Then just enjoy and keep in mind that while it may go down smoothly, these pack quite a punch!
linking up with Tipsy Tuesday.