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Celebrate the Summer Olympics closing ceremonies with this Brazilian cocktail

The caipirinha uses cachaca, a Brazilian rim distilled from sugarcane juice.

Zack Sampson | Times

The caipirinha uses cachaca, a Brazilian rim distilled from sugarcane juice.

The 2016 Summer Olympics ended in Rio on Sunday night, so if you're already missing them like we are, try making this popular Brazilian cocktail.

It's called a "caipirinha," which translates to "peasants' drink" and is named so because of how the masses drink it on almost every beach in Brazil. It is made with a base of cachaca, sugar, ice and any kind of fruit. Cachaca is a Brazilian rum distilled from sugarcane juice. It is billed as a sweeter rum, but our initial tastings brought sharp bitter notes at the beginning — hence the importance of the sugar in the drink. This is a traditional caipirinha, which uses lime as the fruit.

Scott Pollenz, Times staff writer

Want to watch us make this drink? Go to to see this recipe, plus strawberry and blackberry versions.



1 lime

2 teaspoons sugar


3 ounces cachaca

In order to best incorporate the lime and sugar, the lime needs to be cut into smaller chunks. To do this, cut it in half from the stem down. Then cut it again into quarters.

Place the lime and sugar into a cocktail shaker and muddle until combined. (You should get a decent amount of juice.)

Add the ice and cachaca and shake vigorously. Pour the drink over ice.

Makes 2.

Source: Scott Pollenz, Tampa Bay Times

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