For the uninitiated, a Caipirinha is one of the easiest, most refreshing cocktails that you can make (if you are already associated with the cocktail, you’re ahead of the game). The boozy mascot of Brazil, Caipirinhas are made with Brazil’s sugar cane spirit, cachaça, along with fresh, muddled lime and a touch of sugar. While the cocktail is extremely simple to make, the cachaça you use as the base will dramatically alter the flavor. From light and fruity cachaças to more savory cachaças, here are five of the best to use in a Caipirinha. Your summer cocktail game just got an upgrade.
For an Ultra-Refreshing Caipirinha: Leblon Cachaça $26
One of the first cachaças available stateside, Leblon is bright and flavorful without being too funky. In a Caipirinha, this cachaça lends a blanco tequila-esque pepperiness and notes of fresh pressed sugarcane juice. As classic and minimal as a Caipirinha gets, this is the perfect cocktail for novices who haven’t had many cachaças or Caipirinhas.