Strawberry caipirinha is my favorite drink. It is a Brazilian simple aperitif made of fruit, sugar and cachaça (or vodka). The most common one is prepared with lemon, but for me, the strawberry one is the best.
Today my husband came home with a bag of strawberries and I was thinking what to do with them when I had the insight: “Caipirinha!”
We still have some cachaça (it is a Brazilian distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented sugarcane juice) we brought from Rio and there was ice in the freezer ;-). Some people prepare it using vodka instead of cachaça (also in Brazil), it’s up to you.
You can use a shaker as I do, but otherwise you can use a glass strong enough to use a pestle for smashing the strawberries together with sugar. Add cachaça (or vodka) and ice, mix it well and…salute!
If you use a shaker, put the strawberries (washed and cut in halves or more pieces if big fruits), the sugar, the cachaça and grinded ice and shake. Use strokes to drink slowly.
In Brazil it’s common to prepare this drink with different fruits, such as fruit passion, kiwi and other variations. The most common and known one is with lemon and it is prepared the same way, no matter the fruit you choose to use.
A Brazilian alcoholic drink with cachaça and strawberry
1 cup strawberries
1 tbsp of sugar
30 ml of cachaça or vodka
- Wash and cut the leaves of the strawberries, cutting them in halves or quarters, depending on their size.
- Put them into a shaker together with the sugar, the cachaça and grinded ice. Shake it well.
- Pour into a serving glass and add ice cubes.