Sweet, tart and strong, the caipirinha is mixed with the Brazilian spirit cachaça. Cachaça is similar to rum but made from sugarcane rather than molasses. "It's more sophisticated than rum because it's more pure," says Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, patriotically.
Brazil is famous for the capirinha, but less well known for the classic caipiroska cocktail that combines vodka, lime juice and sugar. Passion fruit puree in this version makes for a deliciously fruity sweet-tart drink.
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