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While half of all cachaça in Brazil is drunk neat,
sipped slowly from a glass, most of the rest
is drunk in the country's national cocktail -
the Caipirinha (pronunced 'kay-pir-in-yar').
The traditional recipe calls for a whole lime, cut
into segments with the skin left on, which is then
muddled in a glass with sugar until dissolved and
topped with a double serve of cachaça and ice. 'In
Brazil it's so hot they drink it with cracked ice rather
than crushed ice because otherwise it melts so
quickly into a watery mess,' says Lizzy Barber.
In its classic form the Caipirinha is a refreshing,
sweet and sour drink, but a rainbow of avoured
variations including strawberry, passion fruit and
pineapple and mint are just as popular in Brazil.
�FROM THE CABANA COOKBOOK�
1.5 limes, cut into cubes with skin on
1 tbsp golden caster sugar
Garnish: Lollipop stick
Method: Crack the ice cubes by placing them in a plastic bag
and hitting them with a rolling pin to create large chunks.
Muddle the limes and caster sugar in a glass tumbler. Add the
cachaça and cracked ice and stir. Finally, top the glass with
more cracked ice and pop in a wooden lollipop stick for stirring.