Caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail, roughly translates as "little countryside drink." Its foundation is sugarcane-based Cachaça, long considered a coarse peasant product. Now, excellent artisanal cachaças are widely available in the US. Slideshow: Tasty Tropical Cocktails 

1 drink


  • 1 small lime, cut into 6 wedges

  • 1 tablespoon Demerara or other raw sugar

  • Crushed ice

  • 2 ounces cachaça


  1. In a chilled double rocks glass, muddle the lime wedges and sugar. Fill the glass halfway with crushed ice and stir well. Stir in the Cachaça, then stir in more crushed ice.

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