17 Prosecco Cocktails for When You Need a Lil’ Bubbly

The other day, my friend texted me with what should have been an easy question for a bubbly-drink lover like myself: “I just bought a bottle of Prosecco. What cocktail should I make?”

Had she asked me a few months ago, the answer would have been reall…

The other day, my friend texted me with what should have been an easy question for a bubbly-drink lover like myself: "I just bought a bottle of Prosecco. What cocktail should I make?"

Had she asked me a few months ago, the answer would have been really obvious. An Aperol Spritz! May through September, the bright orange, just-boozy-enough crowd-pleaser is my pick whenever the occasion calls for bubbles (I’ve yet to meet someone who doesn’t love the drink). But there’s something that just feels off about toasting with a summer-weather refresher when the temperatures are starting to drop.

Read More >>

What’s the Best Spirit for Fall? We Got the Answer From an Expert.

Apartment Bartender is a column by Elliott Clark, Food52’s Resident Bartender and an avid at-home cocktail enthusiast. Elliott’s here to help us bring our favorite bar-worthy sips home—and with his spot-on guidance and expert tips, you’ll soon be stirr…

Apartment Bartender is a column by Elliott Clark, Food52's Resident Bartender and an avid at-home cocktail enthusiast. Elliott's here to help us bring our favorite bar-worthy sips home—and with his spot-on guidance and expert tips, you'll soon be stirring, shaking, and garnishing like a pro.


Of all the seasons, fall just might be my favorite when it comes to making cocktails.

Read More >>

How to Pick a Wine You’ll Actually Like

Many people enjoy drinking wine without knowing what they like about the taste. These may be wine drinkers but not self-proclaimed “wine people,” who may not have immersed themselves in the details of grape varietals and growing regions. They may—or ma…

Many people enjoy drinking wine without knowing what they like about the taste. These may be wine drinkers but not self-proclaimed “wine people,” who may not have immersed themselves in the details of grape varietals and growing regions. They may—or may not!—know what they like, but they don’t understand why one particular wine hits their sweet spot or know how to put what they liked into words.

The good news is that in the course of ordinary-life wine drinking, with just a few easy steps, you can gain insight into your palate. If you don’t know wine well, or are just embarking on a journey of discovery, understanding what you like will make the shelves in the liquor store less of a blank wall, help maximize your money, and for people who drink a glass with dinner, can really enhance the food. The following are eight easy steps to winey self-knowledge.

Read More >>

A Beginner’s Guide to Shochu

“The first written record of shochu was actually graffiti on a temple,” Rule of Thirds partner George Padilla told me. “In the 1400s, some builders working on a temple had scrawled, in the wood, a snide comment about the high priest being stingy with h…

“The first written record of shochu was actually graffiti on a temple,” Rule of Thirds partner George Padilla told me. “In the 1400s, some builders working on a temple had scrawled, in the wood, a snide comment about the high priest being stingy with his shochu. Fittingly, this is the first record of what is, still today, considered a blue-collar beverage in Japan.”

Japan’s oldest, most traditional alcoholic beverage, shochu is a clear, distilled spirit made from fermented, well, almost anything. “I’ve actually calculated this once,” Kyushu-based osteopathic researcher by day, Kanpai blogger by night Stephen Lyman said to me. “For all the different decisions made during the process, there are literally millions of styles of shochu you can make. The scope is enormous.”

Read More >>

Caipirinha Cocktail

The Caipirinha is Brazil’s national drink and uniquely refreshing! This cocktail made with cachaça and lime is truly one of a kind. If you haven’t tried a Caipirinha, well: you haven’t lived! Yes, the national drink of Brazil is just that good. In fact, it’s one of our top cocktails here at A Couple Cooks because there’s truly nothing like it. It’s made with cachaça, a liquor made of sugar cane, which tastes like a funky version of rum. Combine that with lime, sugar and lots of ice, and you’ve got one of the uniquely refreshing beverages on the planet. Come, let us show you how to make one! What’s a Caipirinha? The Caipirinha is the national drink of Brazil, made with cachaça liquor, lime and sugar. It’s pronounced “Kai-pir-reen-yah” and means “little peasant girl.” The exact history behind the drink is pretty murky. Some people think it emerged around 1918 as a cure for the Spanish flu (though that recipe had lemon, garlic and honey…a bit different!). Whatever the case, it’s become massively popular today all over the world. This cocktail is on the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails, meaning that it has an “official” definition. The […]

A Couple Cooks – Healthy, Whole Food, & Vegetarian Recipes

The Caipirinha is Brazil’s national drink and uniquely refreshing! This cocktail made with cachaça and lime is truly one of a kind.

Caipirinha

If you haven’t tried a Caipirinha, well: you haven’t lived! Yes, the national drink of Brazil is just that good. In fact, it’s one of our top cocktails here at A Couple Cooks because there’s truly nothing like it. It’s made with cachaça, a liquor made of sugar cane, which tastes like a funky version of rum. Combine that with lime, sugar and lots of ice, and you’ve got one of the uniquely refreshing beverages on the planet. Come, let us show you how to make one!

What’s a Caipirinha?

The Caipirinha is the national drink of Brazil, made with cachaça liquor, lime and sugar. It’s pronounced “Kai-pir-reen-yah” and means “little peasant girl.” The exact history behind the drink is pretty murky. Some people think it emerged around 1918 as a cure for the Spanish flu (though that recipe had lemon, garlic and honey…a bit different!). Whatever the case, it’s become massively popular today all over the world.

This cocktail is on the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails, meaning that it has an “official” definition. The ingredients in a Caipirinha are:

  • Cachaça
  • Sugar
  • Lime wedges
How to make a Caipirinha

What is cachaça? Is it worth buying?

The only way to make a Caipirinha is with Cachaça. Do not even ask about a substitute! (You can, however, substitute vodka in a Caipirinha to make it a Caipiroska!) Is it worth buying up a bottle of the stuff? Here’s what to know:

  • Cachaça is a liquor made from sugar cane that’s exclusively made in Brazil.
  • How do you pronounce Cachaça? Say “cah-cha-za.”
  • What does Cachaça taste like? It has a distinct flavor that’s truly hard to describe. Some say it tastes grassy and herbal. There’s something else there that we’re not sure how to name, so we like to say “funky.”
  • How much does Cachaça cost? A small bottle costs about $20 (in the US).
  • Is it worth buying? Yes! We think so. No if you’re a strict minimalist. There aren’t a lot of other well known cocktails you can make with it, so you’ll only use it for Caipirinhas. But they’re so tasty, we don’t think you’ll have a problem finishing the bottle.
Cachaca

How to make a Caipirinha (3 steps!)

With the Caipirinha you’ll muddle lime with sugar, then add the alcohol. Muddling is gently mashing fruit or herbs to release their juices. You use the same type of technique in a Mojito with lime and mint. Here’s how to make a Caipirinha:

  1. Muddle: Place lime and sugar in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Gently mash with a cocktail muddler or wooden spoon.
  2. Shake in a cocktail shaker. Add the Cachaça and shake it together in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. (Don’t have one? Use a mason jar!)
  3. Strain into a glass and add garnish. Strain the drink into the cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wedges if you like!
Caipirinha

Step it up with clear ice!

Are you entertaining and want to impress your guests with a Caipirinha? Consider making up a batch of clear ice! Clear ice is crystal clear, not cloudy like normal ice. It’s what bartenders use at fancy bars to make drinks look impressive. Make up a batch and you can cut it into large, organic shapes like you see in the photos. All you need is a small cooler and 24 hours. Here’s How to Make Clear Ice.

Caipirinha

When to serve a Caipirinha

A Caipirinha is fun and festive, perfect for parties and entertaining, or a laid back evening sipping on your own! It’s great as a:

  • Summer drink
  • Signature drink
  • Cocktail hour drink
  • Girls or guys night drink
  • Happy hour drink
  • Dinner party drink
Print
Caipirinha

Caipirinha Cocktail


1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (5 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

The Caipirinha is Brazil’s national drink and uniquely refreshing! This cocktail made with cachaça and lime is truly one of a kind.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 lime, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 tablespoon cane sugar
  • 2 ounces cachaça

Instructions

  1. Add the lime wedges and sugar to a cocktail shaker and muddle (gently mash) to release the juices.
  2. Add the cachaça and fill the shaker with ice. Shake until cold.
  3. Strain the drink into an ice-filled lowball glass. Garnish with lime wedges.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Brazilian

Keywords: Caipirinha, Caipirinha recipe

More classic cocktails

This mojito is a knock-out classic! Here are a few more of our best classic cocktails you might also enjoy:

  • Pisco Sour The magic meld of pisco and lime in this Peruvian drink gives it a flavor that’s like none other.
  • Tom Collins This popular gin cocktail that’s light and bubbly!
  • Daiquiri The perfect balance of boozy, tart and sweet with rum, lime and sweetener.
  • Margarita On the rocks with 3 simple ingredients: lime, Cointreau and tequila. Try all the variations.
  • Moscow Mule Vodka, lime, ginger beer, copper mugs. Classic! Try all the variations.
  • Piña Colada The best piña colada recipe you’ll find! It’s takes only 5 ingredients and 5 minutes.
  • Gin Gimlet A classic cocktail made of lime juice and gin. Also try French Gimlet.

A Couple Cooks - Healthy, Whole Food, & Vegetarian Recipes

6 Best Alcohol, Beer & Wine Delivery Services

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


As the COVID-19-induced quarantine wears on and we schedule more at-home date nights and virtual happy hours, one thing becomes abundantly clear: Even in these times of uncertainty, our desire for a refreshing, possibly strong, drink around 5 o’clock remains extremely certain.

Read More >>

Homemade Chocolate Pudding with Baileys Irish Cream

Creamy homemade chocolate pudding infused with Baileys, topped with fresh whipped cream and chocolate curls.

The post Homemade Chocolate Pudding with Baileys Irish Cream appeared first on My Baking Addiction.

Homemade chocolate pudding with Baileys is an easy and elegant 15-minute dessert to make when you’re short on time. Chock-full of chocolate and boozy Irish cream flavors, this pudding is smooth, rich, and decadent. A dollop of fresh whipped cream and some chocolate curls or shavings are optional but highly recommended!

Homemade chocolate pudding in small glass dishes, topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings

I’m a big fan of pudding but rarely make it myself, so I’m definitely guilty of spooning down Jell-o chocolate pudding snack packs from time to time – even adding a little squirt of whipped cream, too!

I was craving chocolate something fierce recently and decided to make homemade pudding with a little bit of Baileys Irish Cream just to make it extra special. Because, hey! Weekends!

Although I have made homemade pudding in the past, I forgot how easy it is to make. Not only is making homemade pudding incredibly simple, it also tastes amazing and it’s a great framework for all types of flavor combinations.

Plus, you’ll get a mini workout from all the whisking, so you can feel a little less guilty about eating this decadent treat!
(more…)

The post Homemade Chocolate Pudding with Baileys Irish Cream appeared first on My Baking Addiction.

How to Make Really Good Ginger Beer From Scratch

Homemade ginger beer can be a thing of wonder. Whether you’re a Moscow Mule fan or just enjoy sipping it in a tall glass with ice, making ginger beer at home might mean the end of your store-bought ginger beer days. The fermentation process is eas…

Homemade ginger beer can be a thing of wonder. Whether you're a Moscow Mule fan or just enjoy sipping it in a tall glass with ice, making ginger beer at home might mean the end of your store-bought ginger beer days. The fermentation process is easier than you might think: You'll just need brewer's yeast and more than 48 hours (it takes up to a week!). But don't worry; this ginger beer recipe below doesn't ask much of you. Just get it started and you'll be on your way to the best ginger beer you've ever had.

There are two types of people in this world: people who like their ginger beer sweet, subtle, and unassuming, and people who like their ginger beer to kick them hard in the back of the throat. (I guess there are also people out there who don't like ginger beer, but for now I'm going to pretend they don't exist.)

Read More >>

The Absolute Best Way to Minimize a Hangover, According to a Doctor

According to a study that recently made me very jealous, roughly 23 percent of people may be resistant to hangovers. For the other 77 percent of us, well, at least there’s black coffee, next-day bagel sandwiches, and lots of aspirin.
But maybe there’s…

According to a study that recently made me very jealous, roughly 23 percent of people may be resistant to hangovers. For the other 77 percent of us, well, at least there's black coffee, next-day bagel sandwiches, and lots of aspirin.

But maybe there's a better way, I thought to myself last Saturday, as I awoke later than I wanted to, the edges of a headache creeping in while I sluggishly made my way—all 15 feet—to my kitchen, for a pot of coffee. (This, from 2 glasses of red wine.)

Read More >>

Is ‘Rice Beer’ the New Natural Wine?

“I used to explain it as ‘nigori beer.’ But that’s not even really right. Makgeolli isn’t rice wine, nor is it sake, nor is it beer. It’s its own thing,” says Carol Pak, founder of Makku, America’s first canned craft makgeolli.
Brewed with the type of…

"I used to explain it as 'nigori beer.' But that’s not even really right. Makgeolli isn’t rice wine, nor is it sake, nor is it beer. It’s its own thing," says Carol Pak, founder of Makku, America’s first canned craft makgeolli.

Brewed with the type of rice typically reserved for royal meals, rich with live cultures that keep it fermenting in the bottle, and clocking in at around 6 percent A.B.V., makgeolli feels primed to become the craft-beverage trend’s new cloudy and delicately fizzy poster child. But, just as 21st-century producers didn’t invent the piquette, rosé spritzers, and batched cocktails now so ubiquitously found in cans (though, spiked seltzer is definitely a product of our time), makgeolli has been around since 1 B.C.E.

Read More >>