Pepper Basil Caipirinha
The caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail. Pronounced ‘KIE-PUR-REEN-YAH’, this fresh, exotic cocktail is becoming as hot among international crowds as it is on Copacabana Beach. Traditional caipirinha is made with cachaça, sugar, and crushed limes, served over ice. It is always muddled (crushed with a masher or the blunt end of a wooden spoon). Make sure to muddle in a shaker or a sturdy, non-breakable glass. You can also try replacing lime with about 1/2 cup of fresh tangerine, star fruit, passion fruit, peach, pear, pineapple, plum, orange, mango, grape, guava, figs, etc. Try this spicy basil infused take on the caipirinha tonight!
– 2 oz Cachaca muddled
– 1 oz lime
– 1 bar spoon sugar
– 10 basil leaves
– 1 bar spoon white pepper corns
Garnish: Basil leaves
Muddle 1 bar spoon of white pepper corns and add sugar, 1 lime quarters and basil leaves. Adde cachaca and 1 oz lime juice. Shake the mixture and strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with sprig of basil.