Cantaloupe-Mint Caipirinha Cocktails

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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.

Caipirinha Cocktails

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.

Caipirinha cocktails

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
Serves 2



Cantaloupe-Mint Caipirinha Cocktails

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Fill two, 8-ounce cocktail glasses with ice.
  2. Add the cantaloupe and mint to a food processor. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add the mixture into a cocktail shaker along with the lime juice, cachaça, and simple syrup.
  4. Add the lid, hold it in place tightly, and shake several times. Pour the liquid into the glasses.
  5. Garnish with extra lime and cantaloupe, and serve.
 
Serves 2
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.   Serves 2

6 Responses to “Cantaloupe-Mint Caipirinha Cocktails”

  1. What a beautiful looking drink! Love your summer fresh photo sequence too. I’ve never had cachaça (are you rooting for Brazil as well?) My son plays competitive soccer but won’t watch the World Cup (go figure) so I’m not getting all the scoop ;-) he says playing is far more fun than watching :)

    • Patricia says:

      Thanks so much, Kelly! I didn’t think I’d like cachaca, but I’ve been enjoying it – nice surprise trying new things! How cool that your son plays competitively! We’re rooting for US, Italy, and of course the host team, Brazil :)

  2. Hi Patrica, Christina sent me to check out your blog. I love it, thanks. This drink sure looks very good and interesting. Love cantaloupe but never had cachaça before. It looks very refreshing, as summer starts officially this weekend. I am enjoying your other recipes and your blog. It was nice to meet you and I am sure you will hear from me again…looking forward to seeing more goodies on your page. Have a great night/day. Dottie :)

    • Patricia says:

      Hi Dottie – thanks so much for stopping by and your kind words! Cachaca is interesting. I didn’t like it the first time I tried it, but now I really enjoy it! I will def. pop over to your page! Thanks again!

  3. I think I have to go out and find some Cachaca! I have never heard of it before. Just looking at this cocktail, makes me want one! Love it, Patricia.

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