And how to survive the World Cup
It’s England’s first match tonight, it starts at 11pm or something. If you’re like me, you’re going to want to be well oiled by then so you can either enjoy the match or go to bed with a really good excuse. I have just thing to help! It’s called a Caipirinha and it’s a bloody lovely Brazilian cocktail. I first had it many moons ago when a Portuguese friend of mine turned up to my house party and subsequently made them all night. He was very popular and it was the best house party ever. Fact.
I’ve had a go at Jamie Oliver’s version and it tastes pretty authentic to me! I didn’t include the ginger though as I’m lazy. There’s also A LOT of sugar in it, so a low sugar version would be to replace the sugar with Agave Nectar like in this recipe. I replaced the sugar recently when I was making a margarita and worked really well.
To make 4 cocktails you will need…
- 35cl Cachaça (I got a 70cl bottle from Sainsbury’s for £20)
- 3 limes, cut into quarters
- 6 tbsp golden caster sugar
- loads of crushed ice (I used a rolling pin and a large freezer bag in-between a folded tea towel)
- sprig of mint (optional)
1. Squeeze the juice from all the limes into a jug, then add the lime quarters and the sugar and mash it all together until the sugar has dissolved. I actually did this bit about half an hour before so it was ready when I needed it and used an extremely high tech piece of equipment for the mashing…
2. Half fill the jug with crushed ice and carry on mashing
3. Add the Cachaça (I had a 70cl bottle so just estimated at half! Maybe a slight over estimation…)
4. Serve in 4 glasses and top up with more crushed ice (I forgot to take the glasses shot, I’ll add when I make some more! which will be soon because these are YUMMY!!)
If you’re wanting to make this tonight and can’t get your hands on Cachaça (let’s face it, it’s not the kind of thing you might have lying around!) you can also make it with Vodka instead! That’s called a caipiroska.