It started with a search. Speedy was looking for interesting cocktail recipes, came across ones that listed cachaça among the ingredients and he got curious. He made Brazilian crush but substituted rum. It was good but after discovering a treasure chest of cachaça cocktail drinks, Speedy decided it was time to buy the real thing. And so, he did. And now that we finally have cachaça, we’re going on a cachaça cocktail drink adventure. Starting with this strawberry and basil caipirinha.
Caipirinha is the national cocktail of Brazil and, believe it or not, there is a law that provides for the standardization, classification, registration, inspection, production and supervision of drinks. Under Decree No. 4851 of October 2, 2003, caipirinha is defined as “a typical Brazilian drink with an alcohol content of fifteen to thirty-six per cent in volume at twenty degrees Celsius, obtained exclusively with Cachaça, sugar and lemon added.” Well, at least that’s the Google translation. The original says “limão” which is really lime and not lemon. Caipirinha, therefore, is a drink made with cachaça, sugar and lime.
This recipe is from Cocktail Atlas. Makes one glass of strawberry and basil caipirinha.
Strawberry and basil caipirinha
- In a heavy glass, muddle the strawberries, lime and basil with the cachaça. Pour into a shaker.
- Add sugar and ice.
- Shake well.
- Pour into a glass.
- Garnish with a whole strawberry. Serve the strawberry and basil caipirinha at once.