In honor of summertime I made a caipiroska. It’s a variation of the Brazilian cocktail caipirinha using vodka instead of cachaca. It is very popular during summer nights in Portugal, especially around the beach-side bars from North to South.
Once during a vacation in the Barcelona coastline, me and a friend prepared both a caipirinha and a caipiroska at another friend’s dance bar. We were spending a few days in Spain before heading out to Rome and we met with some friends that own this bar righ on the beach and teach latin dance classes. The weather was perfect, a hot summer night with a fresh breeze outside. The mood, the ambiance and the music were the right combination for a well spent time and these drinks prepared for ourselves tasted better than ever. La movida of a city that never sleeps and the delighted outdoors rhymed marvelously with a refreshing citrus drink like this.
Back to this day, Florida had dark skies almost all week. Sometimes a few rays escaped from the clouds offering diffused light trying to break up the cloudiness. The effort was ineffective because sooner or later the thunder was arriving. That was a certainty especially in the afternoons. So, while the weather is making us spend more time inside, it’s still summer season and both the heat and the beach are a valuable reason to savor a relaxing moment with a caipiroska. Nothing inhibits us from escaping to a far away destination, even if only in imagination.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
8 oz glass
1/2 lime cut into wedges
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 cup of crushed ice
2 oz of vodka
sugar to garnish the glass
lime wedge and slice to garnish (optional)
Start by passing a lime wedge around the glass rim and turning it upside down in a bowl of sugar to coat it. Place the lime wedges and add the sugar in the glass and muddle all together to release the juices and oils from the lime while mixing with the sugar.
Add the vodka, stirring well to dissolve the sugar. Add the crushed ice and garnish with the lime wedge and slice. Enjoy!