I have a love affair with a perfectly muddled mojito and the first time I ever tasted a caipirinha it was love at first sip. Pronounced ky-pee-REE-nya, the name makes me wanna shake my tail feathers at carnaval.
A mojito and a caipirinha are very similar. A mojito includes mint leaves and instead of rum the classic Brazilian caipirinha is made with cachaça. Cachaça is a distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice and is the most popular distilled spirit in Brazil.
A traditional caipirinha is made with limes without mint, but because I love tropical flavors and mint this caipirinha is made with strawberries, passion fruit, mint leaves, and limes. I also added coconut juice, which is slightly sweet and very refreshing. Topped with club soda this cocktail is fun to make and easy to drink.
You might want to serve a spoon with this cocktail so you can eat the remaining cachaça soaked fruit. Although strawberries are available year-round, peak season for California strawberries starts in March and ends in late fall, making this drink perfect for a sultry summer fiesta.
If you haven’t tasted a passion fruit beverage or cocktail, you’re missing out. Passion fruit seeds make a great base in cocktails. They have a sweet and aromatic taste and are delicious paired with strawberries.
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- 1 lime, cut into wedges
- 10 strawberries, sliced
- 12 mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 cup coconut juice
- 1 passion fruit, halved
- 3 ounces cachaça
- 4 ounces club soda, chilled
- Crushed ice
- Divide lime wedges, strawberries, mint leaves, and sugar between 2 glasses and muddle.
- Add coconut juice and scoop the passion fruit pulp with seeds into the glasses. Add cachaça and top off with club soda, ice, and stir.