CaipirinhaBrazil is home to many spirited celebrations: Carnaval, the 2014 World Cup, and Rio de Janeiro’s iconic statue, The Cristo Redentor, just to name a few.

Recently, the most popular gift Brazil has given the world may be the caipirinha (KAI-PUR-EEN-YA), a refreshingly tart cocktail that tastes of lime, sweet cane sugar and an amazing liquor from the rural hills of South America’s largest country.

Once considered a home remedy for the 1918 flu epidemic, the caipirinha is said to be among the top three most popular cocktails in the world. But its roots are humble. In fact, the name caipirinha derives from the Brazilian Portuguese word for “peasant.”

The secret of caipirinha’s success is a rum-like liquor called “cachaca” (KA-SHA-SA), an alcohol made from the fermentation of sugar cane. It’s what gives the drink a distinctive, sublime character.

Beck Flavor’s Infinite Caipirinha

You’ll need:

  • 1.5 fl oz. (50ml) cachaca

  • ½ lime cut into four wedges

  • 2 teaspoons of raw or turbinado sugar

  • Old Fashioned glass (drinkware)

  • crushed ice

  • muddler or wooden spoon

How to:

  1. Place lime and sugar into an Old Fashioned glass and muddle (pulverize ingredients with a wooden spoon)

  2. Fill glass with crushed ice

  3. Top with Cachaca

  4. Serve

A wide variety of fruits can be used in addition to lime. Try strawberry or pineapple to cut the power of the cachaca and add sweetness. Can’t find cachaca? Substitute dark rum. Or try vodka for a “caipiroska.”

Check out the 2014 World Cup this summer and enjoy a match with a caipirinha. And think of Beck Flavors as you enjoy the taste of Brazil.