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Author Notes: Not long ago the Spouse came home with a bottle of cachaca, which they tell me is to Brazil what Scotch is to Scotland and tequila is to Mexico. We've been smitten with it ever since, and it wasn't much of a stretch to incorporate raspberries into this wonderfully tart, refreshing drink, which is as lovely to sip as it is to look at! —wssmom
- 4 ounces fresh raspberries
- Puree in a blender and put through a sieve to remove the seeds; set aside.
For each Caipirinha (makes 2)
- 1/2 lime, cut into four wedges, use two of the wedges
- 6-7 large mint leaves
- 1 1/2 - 2 ounces raspberry puree
- 1-2 ounces simple syrup, to taste
- 2 ounces cachaca
- club soda
- mint sprig, for garnish
- In a rocks glass, muddle together the lime and the mint leaves until nice and juicy and fragrant
- Stir in the puree, the simple syrup and the cachaca and taste. If too tart, add some simple syrup; if too sweet, squeeze in some lime. The cachaca should sing through the fruit.
- Fill the glass with cracked ice or ice cubes, top with a spritz of club soda and garnish with a mint sprig. Kick back, enjoy and pretend you are in Rio.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Poolside Cocktail
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Raspberries