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Passion Fruit Caipirinha

Brazil is the birthplace of both passion fruit and caipirinhas, the country’s national drink. If you have a hard time finding cachaça, a Brazilian spirit made from sugarcane, you can substitute vodka to make the equally delicious caipiroska.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lime
  • 2 tsp. superfine (caster) sugar
  • 1 passion fruit, halved
  • 1/4 cup cachaça
  • Ice as needed

Directions:

On a work surface, firmly press and roll the lime with the palm of your hand to release the essential oils in the rind and juices. Cut the lime into 8 slices, then cut each slice in half. Place the pieces in a double old-fashioned glass. Sprinkle with the sugar and crush with a muddler. Scoop the flesh from the passion fruit halves into a glass, add the cachaça and stir to mix. Add ice and serve immediately. Serves 1.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Cooking for Friends, by Alison Attenborough and Jamie Kimm (Oxmoor House, 2008).