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Caipirinha
Brazilian lime cocktail

2 tsp superfine sugar
1 lime cut into small wedges
2 to 2 1/2 oz Cachaca (see below)

In a glass gently mash lime wedges. Add sugar and muddle until dissolved into lime juice. Add ice. Pour Cachaca, stir.

Submitted by Barry. Caipirinha translates to "peasant's drink." It is also referred to the cocktail that replaced the malaria shot.
Editor's note: Cachaca is a Brazilian cane sugar liquor that supposedly can be approximated by mixing equal parts silver tequila and light rum if not available.

 

Mojito Classic

1 1/2 oz Cuban light rum
handful fresh mint sprigs
dash gomme syrup
1/2 lime
soda water

Muddle the mint, sugar and rum together in a tall glass, squeeze the lime into the mix and drop the lime hulls into the drink. They will release their essential oils into the drink, adding to the flavor and look of this Cuban classic. Fill the glass with ice, top with soda water (not 7-up!) and stir.

Submitted by Jacob Briars, Wellington New Zealand
This is a Cuban classic which has been perfected, if not invented by the legendary bartenders of el Floridita and la Bodeguita del Medio in Havana. It seems to date from the 1930s, or thereabouts, and it is one of the most refreshing drinks in the bartenders repertoire. Do not accept a drink made with lime cordial, or a sickly sweet number. This should taste light, healthy, and the flavors of the mint, lime and rum should shine through.