Our loving family in Brazil inspired this twist on their country’s national drink — the caipirinha. Like with our Fat Cat Habanero Mojito and Fat Cat Habanero Margarita, we’ve taken that cocktail’s traditional ingredients — in this case cachaca (Brazilian sugarcane rum), lime and sugar — and added a touch of our Fat Cat Mexican-Style Habanero sauce to the mix. As with the Fat Cat Habanero Mojito and Fat Cat Habanero Margarita, the inclusion of our sauce here gives the drink an inviting orange hue. But unlike those concoctions, the habanero heat and chili fruitiness imparted by Fat Cat Mexican-Style Habanero aren’t as apparent here; rather, the sauce’s heat and flavor work to accentuate the complex flavors of the cachaca itself, making one powerful, palette-cleansing libation and a great aperitif before a meal of grilled meat.
Here’s what we did:
1/2 large lime, sliced into four half-moon-shaped wedges
1 tablespoon powdered/superfine sugar
3 ounces cachaca (we prefer an aged cachaca, but use whatever’s available; unlike Brazil, the choices of cachaca in the U.S. can be a bit limited)
½ tablespoon Fat Cat Mexican-Style Habanero
Place the lime, sugar and Fat Cat Mexican-Style Habanero in a cocktail shaker and muddle the ingredients together until the sugar has dissolved.
Add the cachaca and ice and stir to combine.
Pour the contents (straining out the squeezed lime wedges if desired) into a lowball. Add more ice to top the glass if desired and enjoy.