July 2, 2012 by cookinglikeacarioca
The caipirinha is the national cocktail of Brazil…and my drink of choice when I’m in Rio. I feel like a real Carioca when I’m relaxing in the city with one of these guys in my hand. A traditional caipirinha is made with cachaça, sugar, and lime. It’s a really simple, refreshing drink that the city takes pride in. However, there are numerous variations to this classic cocktail…and I intend to explore them all! But we’ll start with a tasty adaptation, the Strawberry Blueberry Caiprioska.
Yesterday I went shopping at the West Side Market in Cleveland and got baskets of fruit for my caiprioskas, a variation of the caipirinha that features vodka instead of cachaça. This variation is also referred to as a caipivodka. It’s a great adaptation for the States because cachaça is not often found at the local liquor store…but vodka is always available! =)
Recipe: 1 serving (1 small glass)
- 4-6 ice cubes
- 1/3 carton of strawberries
- Handful of blueberries
- 2 oz. vodka
- 1-2 spoon-fulls of sugar
- Cutting board and knife
- Old fashioned glass
- Small bowl
- Muddler or wooden spoon
After cleaning all of the fruit, cut the heads off of the strawberries. Then slice them into halves, placing the halves into a small bowl. Sprinkle a bit of sugar on the strawberries and let them sit while you get out your muddler, ice, and glasses. The sugar will help to bring out the juice in the strawberries.
Muddle your strawberries and blueberries. Add the muddled fruit and ice to your glass. An old fashioned glass works really well for this drink.
Spoon in the sugar to your desired sweetness.
Step Four – the best one!
Enjoy! I made sure to have my caiprioska ready for the UEFA Euro Final (Spain vs. Italy)…too bad my boys in blue lost. It’s okay though, I’m already looking forward to the Azzurri’s trip to Brazil for the World Cup.