If you haven’t tried a Caipirinha—that beautiful, Brazilian amalgam of lime, sugar and cachaça—kindly step out from the rock under which you’ve been living.
The ultra-simple yet complexly delicious drink is a near perfect summertime sipper, and with the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games almost underway, the drink is more appropriate than ever. If you want to get the most out of your couch-bound Rio 2016 viewing experience, start by mastering the classic recipe (which, thankfully, is much easier to learn than ribbon dancing or pole vaulting). Then, like an Olympiad falling into a graceful swan dive, spread your metaphorical cocktail wings and go Caipirinha crazy with added liqueurs, fruits and spices.
These three recipes from New York bartending pros are a great place to kickstart your cachaça-fueled journey—and they’ll make even the tamest of events (badminton, really?) more exciting.