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Do you know....

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...what a Caipirinha is?? This is a traditional Brazilian drink prepared with cachaça is now the rage in Europe and the US. I guess you could say it used to be Brazil's best-kept secret, now it's the connoisseur's cocktail of choice from New York City to Miami, and yes now in Budapest.

This is how you can make your own:

1 lime
2 ounces of cachaça
Sugar to taste
Ice cubes

Wash the lime and roll it on the board to loosen the juices. Cut the lime into pieces and place them in a glass. Sprinkle with the sugar and crush the pieces (pulp side up) with a pestle. (We have a long, wooden one from Brazil, made specifically for this purpose.) Just enough to release the juice, otherwise it'll get bitter. Add the cachaça and stir to mix. Add the ice and stir again. It is delicious and potent!

You can also make a pitcher of caipirinha. Figure out how many people and multiply amounts. If you can't find cachaça where you live, use a good vodka. The drink will then be called caipiroshka. No vodka? Use white rum and you will have a caipiríssima. Caipirinhas made with sake are all the rage in Rio now! Try one.

Click here for another unique summer drink recipe.

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