Jalapeno Caparina


On trips to NYC we often frequent Bar Barbossa in the East Village, which serves the national drink of Brazil, the caparina. This is a delicious, spicy summer drink consisting of lime juice, cachaca (a type of rum made from sugar cane), sugar, and various fruits. You can use anything from mango to watermelon, but my husband-to-be has become obsessed with the jalapeno version. He has been perfecting the recipe, and I must say that I'm now addicted to them too!

Ingredients (per drink):

3/4 lime, or thereabouts, cut into wedges
1 slice jalapeno, seeds removed
1/4 cup cachaca (to be found in the rum section of a well stocked liquor store)
1 teaspoon sugar
limeade or other lime drink—This is optional, but we have found that the limeade makes the drink a bit more palatable and less strong. The key is not using one that's too sweet. I like the organic brand, Santa Cruz.


Muddle lime, jalapeno and sugar in medium sized glass until limes seem dejuiced. Add cachaca, stir, add ice, fill the rest of the glass with limeade.





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