This amazing sorbet mimics the flavors of Brazil's brilliant cocktail, the caipirinha—currently one of the hottest cocktails in the United States. The sorbet is made, as the drink is, with cachaça, a sugar cane distillate, now available in liquor stores across the U.S. (the Pitu brand is widely available).
1. Combine the sugar and water in a 1-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the lime zest. Set aside to cool.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the cooled syrup with the lime juice. Strain the juice if you prefer a finer texture, or leave in the pulp. Stir in the cachaca. Cover with plastic wrap and cool in the refrigerator for an hour.
3. Freeze in ice cream machine according to manufacturer's directions.