Mix & Match Cocktail
A variation on Brazil’s national cocktail meets a whole new world of flavors.
My spouse and I were at a fancy, white-tablecloth restaurant and one of the featured cocktails was a Kiwi Caipirinha. I had no idea what that was, but I love kiwi and take pleasure in ordering things that I have never had, so I had to have one.
The server explained that caipirinha is the national drink of Brazil and consists mainly of ice, lime and cachaça (fermented sugarcane juice). This restaurant’s version used kiwi instead of lime, and it was very good but I felt like something was missing.
I love to mix and match my cocktails, so I decided to create a similar version using vodka instead of cachaça to make what is known as a caipiroska instead of a caipirinha.
The next time we had a few friends over for a dinner party, the weather was warming up and I wanted to serve something unique, crisp and springy. The drink I had at the restaurant used brown sugar, but I substituted white granulated sugar in my version. I love the combination of coconut and kiwi, so I used coconut-flavored sparkling water in my recipe also.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their cocktail, and I ended up making another round. The detailed build for real caipiroska is precise and worth following, but I much prefer to make it my own. Try this version for a vibrant and sweetly chilled concoction. Cheers!