- Written by Cynthia Presser
Caipirinha is the signature drink from Brazil. I believe that most of the people who enjoy a good drink – and know a little bit about Brazil – agrees with that statement.
The traditional Caipirinha consists of muddled lime and sugar that is mixed with cachaça and ice. It is refreshing with the perfect balance in between tart and sweet. I like to say that “caipirinha makes me dance” – and that is very true! Caipirinha has the power to make anyone dance.
Of course, that such marvelous drink has its variations… Besides the classic Caipirinha, I have other recipes for this concoction - such as Passion Fruit, and Pineapple-Mint - but there is always room for something new.
Taking advantage of the different citrus we can find in the US now, I created something with an original twist: Blood Orange and Mint Caipirinha. It’s a great drink, less acidic than the original version with a hint of fresh sweetness.
Since blood oranges are very hard to find in Brazil, I can say that, this time, I am putting an American twist into a Brazilian classic. And I like it!
Be aware: this drink can bring out the best qualities that the Brazilian people are known for! So, if you start to dance after a couple of sips, just embrace it! And enjoy being a Brazilian with an American twist for a little while.
Blood Orange and Mint Caipirinha (Caipirinha de Laranja Vermelha e Hortelã)
- 1 blood orange, sliced lengthwise into 10 pieces (see picture)
- 6 mint leaves, torn
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 shot cachaça
- About 1 cup of ice
Into a shaker place 6 pieces of blood orange, the mint, and sugar. Using a pestle, muddle the mixture well, until a thick syrup forms.
Remove the large pieces of fruit. Add the cachaça and ice. Cover shaker and shake well. Transfer to a lowball glass (or another glass of similar size). Garnish with the remaining pieces of blood orange, and more mint leaves, if available. Add more ice, if needed. Serve immediately.