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Cranberry Caipirinha

The slave trade left a strong African imprint on Brazilian cuisine, which is why Marcus Samuelsson chose to serve this classic Brazilian cocktail at his African-themed party. In his version, however, he muddles cranberries along with the usual lime and replaces the Brazilian spirit cachaca (made from sugarcane juice) with Scandinavian aquavit (an infused spirit).

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  • Servings: makes 1 drink

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  • Ice
  • 10 fresh cranberries, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 lime wedges
  • 1/3 cup aquavit


  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice. In a cocktail shaker, using a wooden spoon, muddle the cranberries with the sugar, water and 1 of the lime wedges. Add the aquavit and a handful of ice and shake well. Strain into the glass, garnish with the remaining lime wedge and serve.
Contributed By Photo © John Kernick Published November 2006

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