If you can’t be at the World Cup, join in with a toast from home! This recipe for Cantaloupe-Mint Caipirinha Cocktails is a fun, not-quite-classic version of the national cocktail of Brazil.
In case you’re out of the loop, the World Cup is taking place right now in Brazil. Since my husband and I can’t be there in person, we’ve been tuning in via TV. To help set the mood and get in the spirit of the games, we’ve been mixing up Caipirinha (pronounced kai-pee-REEN-yuh) cocktails and yelling “gooooooooal” whenever possible.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure I would like this drink, but I think I’m hooked. Really hooked. This drink has a fresh, slightly sweet flavor that includes a hint of tart lime.
Caiprinha is made with cachaça (pronounced ka-SHAH-suh), a distilled liquor made from sugarcane (but don’t confuse it with rum). Cachaça has been made in Brazil since the 1500s, so let me sound it out for you: it’s time you give this drink a try!
One version of this drink we put together – Cantaloupe-Mint Caipirinha Cocktails – takes a little liberty with the simple original. I’ve been reading up on Caipirinhas, and apparently adding fresh fruit like berries or melon is fairly common, too.
I like the original recipe, but adding cantaloupe and mint gave these drinks a nice blush color, not to mention a punch of flavor and texture. Most recipes for Caipirinhas call for muddling the lime. Go for it if you need to relieve some stress (and enjoy a little pulp). I simply juiced my limes.
Cantaloupe-Mint Caipirinha Cocktails perfect to enjoy during the warm weather, and they’re wildly appropriate to drink during this year’s World Cup – no matter who you’re cheering for!
Cantaloupe- Mint Caipirinha Cocktails
- 2 limes, juiced
- 4 ounces cachaça
- 4 ounces simple syrup (2 parts water to 1 part sugar, heated until dissolved, then cooled)
- 1-1/2 cups cubed cantaloupe
- 6 fresh mint leaves
- Fill two, 8-ounce cocktail glasses with ice.
- Add the cantaloupe and mint to a food processor. Blend until smooth.
- Add the mixture into a cocktail shaker along with the lime juice, cachaça, and simple syrup.
- Add the lid, hold it in place tightly, and shake several times. Pour the liquid into the glasses.
- Garnish with extra lime and cantaloupe, and serve.