The Caipirinha

Happy Friday! For this week's signature drink recipe I wanted to bring you something that was a little festive.  If you saw yesterday's post then you are hopefully on your way to being inspired for Sunday's holiday, St. Patrick's Day.  For those of you who don't like the idea of green beer or Guinness to celebrate, here is another option: The Caipirinha (pronounced Kai-Pee-Reen-Ya).  This is one of my all-time favorite drinks and so simple to make with only three ingredients.  Plus, it's the perfect beverage to enjoy on St. Patrick's Day because it is naturally green. 

The Caipirinha

2 oz. Cachaça (prononced Ka-Shah-Suh) this is a Brazilian rum that is made from the fermented juice of sugarcane
Half a lime quartered

2 tsp. of Turbinado (raw sugar) or .5 oz. simple syrup
Crushed ice

To Mix:
Place lime wedges and sugar in a rocks glass. With a muddler press down and twist the limes to release the juice (and the oils in the peel). Add crushed ice, then cachaça and stir the drink. Fill the rest of your glass with ice, sip and enjoy!

Recipe  from Fine Cooking / Image from Shutterstock