This is not so much a recipe post as it is a definition of a term.
Caipirinha: a Brasilian drink made by muddling tons of limes and sugar together. Pour the whole do into a short glass, add cachaça (ka-sha-sa), lots of ice to the glass, and enjoy. Cachaça alone is also quite nice, it has a taste similar to white rum only a little lighter still, with its own distinct aroma.
Caipirinhas are deadly. You and a friend can easily make your way down an entire bottle in two to three hours because it’s such easy drinking.
Thanks goes to the lovely Drika in Brasil for gifting the souvenir seen above. Airport officials must have thought it looked suspiciously like a weapon of destruction, but it’s just a V-shaped glass bowl accompanied by a pestle on a stand. Ransacked suitcase aside, I’m so glad it stayed with me.
The Caipirinha is the perfect summer drink, what with it’s turbo green color, refreshing taste, and quick prep. Indeed, there is no excuse- go forth, and be limeful.
Edited: July 2nd, 2011 to remind the reader to not drink out of the mortar.