The Caipirinha (pronounced kai-pee-reen-ya), is a rustic form of a Daiquiri: just rum, sugar, and lime. But the rum is cachaça, the sugar is usually raw or turbinado, and the limes are muddled and left in the drink.
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Put the lime wedges and sugar in a rocks glass. With a muddler, press down and twist the limes to release the juice and the oils in the peel. Add crushed ice, then the cachaça and stir the drink. Top off with more crushed ice.
Flavored Caipirinhas are another popular way to serve cachaça. Put whatever berry or fruit is in season in the glass with the limes and muddle them together.
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