Drink of the Week: Caipirinha 

BY DI STAFF | JULY 03, 2014 5:00 AM

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The Magic: The World Cup is upon us, and what better way to enjoy the intrigue of international sport than with some international flavor. Today, we have the Caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil. Made with fresh lime, sugar, Cachaca rum, and mint, it’s the perfect way to cool off a hot summer day of kicking a ball around.

The Experience: Upon first sip, the drink tastes a lot like your standard margarita. Upon closer inspection, however, this one is a tad bit sweeter, alongside a slight mint aftertaste. The sweetness comes from the Cachaca rum (made from sugarcane), then smoothly transitions to the tartness of the lime before cleansing your palate with a mint aftertaste. Very refreshing.

Advice: Donnelly’s Pub makes a delicious one of these, and the size, strength, and taste of its Caipirinha justifies the $8 price. If you don’t feel like spending the money, the ingredients are cheap enough to make a large volume of the drink at home. Great for enjoying a rousing match of the Beautiful Game on your couch.

— Isaac Herman

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