Samantha Brown has a simple and delicious recipe for my favorite Latin American libation, Caipirinhas.
l lime cut into 8 wedges
2 ½ heaping tsp superfine sugar, or to taste
2 oz cachaca (Brazilian liquor) or light rum
1/ cup or so of ice cubes
Place lime wedges and sugar in tall bar glass.
Use muddler or the end of wooden spoon to mash lime and sugar together.
Add cachaca and stir.
Add ice, cover and shake.
Serve at once, make one drink.
I like to garnish my Caipirnhas with sprigs of fresh mint.
For another version, see our first book, “Our Love Affairs with Food & Travel.”