Caipirinha (k-eye-per-reen-yah) is the name of the drink: Cachaca (kashasah) is the name of the alcoholic spirit/liquor used in the drink. Cachaca is a Brazilian distilled liquor that starts from unaldulterated sugarcane juice (unlike rum, which is made from what is left over after the main sugar removal process).
In Ontario, Canada I have only seen the Pitu brand of cachaca available.
This version of the Caipirinha uses limes. (The only other fruit I have made it with is lemons - so far). I am indebted to Markus in Germany who introduced me to this wonderful cocktail.
You will need:
- a jigger for measuring (I cannot be held responsible for anyone "free handing")
- teaspoon measure
- coarse sugar
- ice cubes
- muddler, aka pestle aka "mashing stick"
- short, wide glass(es) (Old Fashioned type)
- sharp knife and cutting board
- short straw(s)