Feels like ages since I posted a new recipe, nearly a week in fact. I have a good excuse however – we have finally decided to sort out our garden… and so the kitchen/garden has been taken over by builders once again. Needless to say, this has resulted in a lot of chaos, mud and kitchen being out of bounds for cooking and photography. And on top of all that, I have had to keep the dog confined in the living room with me so he doesn’t bolt out the front door or step in fresh cement. I am tearing my hair out just a little bit, but hopefully this will all be over soon and we will have a tidy garden we can enjoy, should the sun ever return. It has been a VERY rainy summer so far.
This Passion Fruit Caipirinha is meant for sunny weather and lounging outdoors. But if the sun proves elusive, there’s enough complexity in this cocktail to keep you entertained indoors maybe while looking through a holiday brochure and booking that summer getaway. I love cachaça, the base spirit for caipirinhas, but it can have a bit of a hard alcoholic edge if not tempered with a little sweetness – this is were the sugar comes in. But if the sugar is not fully dissolved when you are muddling the lime you can end up with an unpleasantly crunchy cocktail. So put some elbow grease into the mudding – hey you are getting a bit of an arm workout as well as a cocktail. Win-win!
- 1 large lime, cut into wedges
- 1 tsbp golden caster sugar, granulated or Demerara sugar
- 100ml | 3.3fl oz cachaça (4 measures)
- 3 passion fruit
- Scoop the flesh out of the passion fruit and then sieve to extract the juice. Reserve some of the seeds for adding to the cocktail if you like.
- Put the lime wedges and sugar in a large glass or jug and muddle until the limes have given up all of their juice and the sugar has dissolved completely.
- Add the passion fruit juice and mix together. Taste and adjust with a bit more sugar or lime juice until the balance is right.
- Add the cachaça and stir together. Fill two glasses with plenty of ice and then divide the cocktail (lime wedges and all) between them. Stir in some of the reserved passion fruit seeds if desired.
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