I made this drink to submit to Joelen’s blog, where she is hosting a Wine and Dine Event. This month features Brazilian cuisine. I didn’t know too much about Brazilian food, but I did know there was a lime drink similar to a mojito. After a little research, I found its name – caipirinha.
A caipirinha is made with cachaça, a sugar cane-based alcohol. Lime and sugar are “muddled,” or mashed together in a glass. Ice and cachaça are mixed in. Since tangerines are in season right now, I decided to substitute it for the lime.
I used two kinds of tangerines. One was small, round, and seedless. This tangerine was great for muddling and garnishing, but the juice wasn’t sweet. My local produce market has a wonderful supply of locally grown honey tangerines, which burst with a pungent and sweet juice. Because they have a ton of seeds, I used them only for the juice. The result was very refreshing – perfect for a summer afternoon (or a warm Florida winter).
2 seedless tangerines, peeled and sectioned
1 1/2 Tbs sugar
3 oz tangerine juice
3 oz cachaça
Place sectioned tangerines and sugar in a tall glass. Muddle together with the back of a spoon until juice is just released. Add enough ice to fill the glass half way. Add tangerine juice and cachaça, and stir. Garnish with tangerine slices.
I am a home cook, musician, and wannabe photographer. Kokocooks documents my adventures in the kitchen – developing recipes using fresh, seasonal ingredients, concocting fun desserts, and encouraging a love of cooking in my young son.