Daniel Boulud's Caipirinha
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. Classic Cocktails
To make simple syrup, simmer 1/2 cup of granulated sugar with 1/2 cup of water in a saucepan, stirring frequently, until the sugar has dissolved. The simple syrup can be refrigerated in a covered container for up to 1 month.
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