Drink Caipirinha


Relevant Links:
Caipirinha (Wikipedia.org)
Leblon Website Yes/No Country

20110514: [20110521,2]
I've had caipirinhas twice before. I might have a record of this somewhere. Great drink.

20110822: [20110907]
My fourth time having a caipirinha.

I wrote: "Leblon 40% ABV. Thanks Josh, but something was up with the lime. He says maybe he added too much lime if a wedge is an eighth of a lime instead of a fourth of a lime."

According to the recipe on the Leblon website, a wedge should be an eighth of a lime. In any case, thanks for the caipirinha, dude!

Assuming a whole lime was added, a whole lime produces 3 tablespoons (1.5 ounces) of juice, and 0.5 ounces of water was produced by melted ice, then the completed caipirinha would be approximately 20% ABV. If one used half a lime and rounded up to a single ounce of non-alcoholic liquid, then the completed caipirnha would be approximately 27% ABV.

The Leblon Caipirinha (from the Leblon Website)
2 oz. Leblon Cachaça
2 tsp. superfine sugar or 1 oz. simple syrup
1/2 lime, cut into wedges
Muddle the lime and sugar in a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and add Leblon Cachaça. Shake vigorously and serve in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Website Information:
Welcome to Leblon Cachaça. We created Leblon Cachaça for anyone who wants to discover this great new spirit at its best. Cachaça, the third most-consumed spirit in the world, is the key ingredient to the Caipirinha, Brazil’s national drink.

Cachaça (ka-SHAH-sa) is made from fresh-pressed cane juice fermented and distilled, and can only come from Brazil. Many are proclaiming Cachaça as the ‘Next Tequila,’ with the Caipirinha (kai-pur-EEN-ya) as the new ‘Margarita.’ Muddled with fresh lime and sugar, the Caipirinha is something special – made with Leblon Cachaça, even more special.

We produce Leblon Cachaça at our distillery in Patos de Minas, in the heart of Minas Gerais, Brazil (think sugar cane fields). We combine traditional approaches with creative European winemaking techniques to create a Cachaça that is extra special. Gilles Merlet, famous master distiller from the Cognac region of France, takes Cachaça to a whole new level with his ‘French touch,’ transforming our distillery in Patos de Minas to the state-of-the-art Maison Leblon.

Gilles produces small batches using alembique copper potstills, then polishes the Cachaça in XO Cognac Casks for an ultra-smooth taste. The Cachaça is then blended across batches for flavor complexity, body, and aroma.

If you are new to Cachaça, the Caipirinha, and for that matter Brazil – Bem Vindo! If you are a Cachaça connoisseur or bar chef, we invite you to taste and enjoy Leblon Cachaça – first neat, or with a twist of lime. Then we invite you to try it in a Caipirinha or one of your favorite creations. We hope you enjoy the final result. Saúde!


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