Today is Brazil's Independence Day! As I'm writing this post, all the rhythms of Caetano Veloso, Elis Regina, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Maria Bethania, Joao Gilberto, Roberto Carlos, Gal Costa, Chico Buarque and Daniela Mercury--all contemporary Brazilian musicians--are swirling through my head. And what can be better to celebrate than with a caipirinha? Keep reading because I'm sharing my "secret" formula for the BEST caipirinha you'll ever have!

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The caipirinha is the national cocktail of Brazil. It's made with cachaça, the national drink of this wonderful country famous for its soccer, garotas, the dazzling carnival, samba and bossa-nova, and immortal telenovelas such as A Escrava Isaura and O clon.

Cachaça is distilled from sugar cane. It's also the basis of the delicious shakes made with fresh fruit pulp and condensed milk called batidas. Caipirinha is a simple yet delicious and refreshing cocktail. It's so popular and has led to different versions around the world, as caipifruta (capirinha with fruits such as strawberries, kiwi, tangerine or mango) or caipiroska in which vodka substitutes cachaça.

The following is my recipe for the classic caipirinha. It is made with cachaça, sugar and lime. Take this celebration to surprise your better half with a drink delicious and refreshing and keep in mind there is nothing sexier on the planet than a woman who knows how to shake a good cocktail!

Cheers!

Caipirinha

Ingredients for one cocktail
2 ounces of cachaça
1/2 lime cut into quarters
2 teaspoons of brown sugar

Preparation

1. Cool a short glass with crushed ice.

2. In a shaker, muddle the lemon quarters with sugar to extract the juice and oil iof the citrus skin.

3. Add cachaça and ice from the glass and shake vigorously.

4. Pour the entire contents into the cold glass and enjoy.

For more of my recipes, visit my cooking blog.

Image via Enriqueta Lemoine

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Enriqueta is a journalist that went from the newsroom to the world of public relations and 6 years ago discovered the beauty of creating content for various companies. She is based in South Florida, and is the creator of Savoir Faire The Pleasures of the Palate, a blog that marries two of her passions: writing and cooking. 

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