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Almost a Caipirinha

This is Almost a Caipirinha. Why almost? Originating from Brazil, the real deal is made from Cachaça, sugar, lime and ice and muddled in a glass. With that in mind, the version I share here isn’t quite the real deal – because the use of white rum makes it not quite a true caipirinha.

Let’s just say it’s in the spirit of this great refreshing cocktail.

This version of this taste of the Caribbean is a bit fruity, using Plantation 3 star white rum, fresh pineapple and mint alongside the lime and sugar. Together, these ingredients showcase this drink as the summery, refreshing cocktail it is.

The authentic version is also served in a highball glass. That’s another rule I’ve broken, as I’ve served mine up in a deep coupe glass. But hey, it’s almost a caipirinha, so that’s the artistic licence I’ve chosen to take. And does it really matter anyway?

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Remember to always drink in moderation and only serve or drink alcohol if you’re of or over legal drinking age in your country.

Almost a Caipirinha

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Recipe by Marti Cuatt Course: Cocktail hourCuisine: BrazilianDifficulty: Easy


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You will need

  • 1/2 1/2 fresh lime

  • 2 tsp 2 caster sugar

  • 1/3 slice 1/3 pineapple (approx 1cm thick, core removed)

  • 4 4 -6 fresh mint leaves

  • 60 ml 60 Plantation 3 star white rum*

Here’s what to do

  • Cut the lime in half end to end, then into slices and drop in the bottom of a small jug or cocktail shaker.
  • Add the sugar and muddle together with a muddler if you have one – or end of a wooden spoon.
  • Add the mint and pineapple and muddle again.
  • When it’s all well muddled and the sugar has fully dissolved, transfer the whole lot into your chosen glass.
  • Add a little broken ice to the mixing vessel and then pour in the rum. Stir or swirl for about 20 seconds, then pour the lot into the serving glass.
  • Garnish with a couple of mint leaves, more ice and a spoon or a straw (reusable of course!) and serve.

Tips and tricks

  • *Use Cachaca for a more authentic Caiprinha

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