The Caipirinha, Brazil’s national drink, is made with cachaca: a powerhouse of a clear spirit distilled from fermented sugar cane. It’s no coincidence that "cachaca" means "firewater" in Portuguese!
While caipirinhas traditionally don’t include a seltzer topper (like mojitos, for example), it does make for a lighter and more refreshing tipple. With the addition of fresh cranberries, think of this as Autumn’s answer to Spring break.
(makes 2 cocktails)
What you'll need: ½ cup fresh or frozen cranberries 1 lime, cut into 8ths ¼ cup sugar Crushed ice 5 oz cachaca chilled seltzer (optional)
Divide the cranberries, lime, and sugar between 2 rocks glasses.
Using a muddler or pestle or wooden spoon, muddle the cranberries, lime, and sugar until the sugar is dissolved and the cranberries and limes are well mashed.
Fill the glasses with ice. Add the cachaca and stir to combine. For a lighter option, top with a few ounces of seltzer and serve!