Clementine Caipirinha

A classic Caipirinha is a go-to on a hot summer’s night. Made with a whole lime cut into wedges and ‘muddled’ with sugar in a rocks glass, a scoop of crushed iced is followed by a generous measure of neat spirit.

Yield

Makes 2 (each 30 ml)

Total Time

5 Minutes

Ingredients

1 whole clementine
1 fresh lime, cut into wedges
2 tsp of demerara sugar
60ml of cachaça (Brazilian sugar cane spirit)
Ice cubes and crushed ice
2 small tumblers
Drinking straws

Method

Step 1

Remove the ends from the clementine and slice it into quarters, being sure to remove any of the white pith in the centre of the segments. Put into a cocktail shaker with a lime wedge and sugar and pound with a muddler or end of a wooden rolling pin to extract the juice. Add the cachaça with plenty of ice cubes and shake well. Strain into small crushed-ice filled tumblers and serve with a short, wide straw.

Step 2

Garnish with lime wedges, if desired.

Short Cocktails and Small Bites by Julia Charles, published by Ryland Peters & Small (£7.99). Photography by Alex Luck © Ryland Peters & Small.
 

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