Just because you can’t be in Brazil for the World Cup doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put back what the locals are drinking. The Caipirinha is Brazil’s (not-necessarily-official) national cocktail, and is pronounced kie-purr-REEN-yah. It’s made with only three ingredients: lime, sugar, and Cachaca — a Brazilian distilled liquor made from sugarcane juice. It’s sweet, tart, refreshing, and very boozy.
Because you want to be able to make it through an entire game, or maybe even two, take it slow with these things. I know from experience that they’ll get you drunk before you’ve even realized you scored on your own goal.
World Cup Caipirinha
1 lime, quartered
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
4 ounces cachaça
Glassware: Rocks glass
Method: Add the lime and sugar to the glass and muddle together, using a muddler or wooden spoon. Fill the glass with crushed ice, then top off with the cachaça. Stir gently and enjoy.