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Citrus Caipirinhas

The national drink of Brazil, caipirinha is made with a rum called cachaça, distilled from fresh sugarcane juice.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 4 Tbs. superfine (caster) sugar
  • 1 cup cachaça
  • Ice cubes as needed
  • 4 lemon slices

Directions:

Select 4 old-fashioned or short glasses. Put 1 lemon quarter and 1 Tbs. of the sugar in each glass. Muddle well with a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon. Add 1/4 cup of the cachaça to each glass and stir well, then fill the glasses with ice. Garnish each glass with a lemon slice and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Entertaining with the Seasons (Free Press, 2010).