Some people here would say this is a caipifruta (fruta meaning fruit in spanish) not a caipirinha, because it’s made with fruit, strawberry and passion fruit, other than limes. But that’s really street talk and I don’t want to complicate the title even more.
So let’s wing it and settle for strawberry and passion fruit caipirinha.
It has cachaça after all, the brazilian liquor distilled from sugarcane, which for me is the only exclusive ingredient in a caipi (short for caipirinha around here). The rest is debatable.
Truth is I first became enthralled with this fruit mixture due to a caipiroska a bartender friend made for me once. Some years ago, while looking into the possibility of opening a bar with some friends, we had a few drink making demonstrations, preparing of the mise en place and all that accompanies cocktail making.
Well, for me it a strawberry passion fruit caipiroska, both fruits having a stellar place in the drink, and some time later, through a
fortuitous lack of vodka in my house one evening, I added cachaça and was completely sold.
I’m having some boozy weekends lately.
This is the homemade way of making this drink. If you have a cocktail shaker, use it to mix the muddled fruit with the vodka and the ice.
The amount of sugar and cachaça is a personal taste. Go easy on the liquor the first time until you know what’s the fruit/alcohol ratio you prefer.
- ½ cup fresh (hulled strawberries, cut into chunks)
- 5 or 6 Tbs sugar (or simple syrup **)
- ½ cup passion fruit juice (with or without pulp, your choice)
- Cachaça (about 4 oz.)
- Cocktail straws and napkins (to serve)
- To get passion fruit juice, simply sieve it through a strainer. The type of holes in it will determine whether some pulp goes through or not.
- Divide strawberries and sugar between two glasses. Add half the sugar and, with a muddler, start crushing the fruit with the sugar, until it becomes syrupy. Do this slowly and take your time. It’s the base of the drink.
- Add ice to almost fill the glass, and then pour half of the passion fruit juice into on top of the ice.
- Add about 2 oz. vodka to each glass.
- Stir until it mixes well, decorate with a strawberry half and serve.
- ** You can use simple syrup instead of the sugar. To make it simply heat the same amount of sugar and water (1/2 a cup of each for example), and when it comes to a boil remove it from the heat. Let cool completely and keep refrigerated.
|Before adding the cachaça|
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Balsamic Roasted Strawberries from The Corner Kitchen