Spring is Here, So You Need this Strawberry Basil Caipirinha

A classic pairing of strawberry and basil meet lime and Brazilian cane rum—cachaça—to create a simple, refreshing cocktail recipe perfect for warmer days.
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The days are getting longer, plants are in full bloom and a balmy breeze whispers that warmer weather is finally here. As spring begins to lean towards summer and drinking under the sun becomes not just permissible but expected, it means it’s time to change up up your cocktail game to match.

This recipe marries Brazilian cachaça with lime and another as a surefire summer pairing—strawberries and basil—for a fresh alternative to your classic caipirinha or strawberry daiquiri. Let’s get mixing.

Ingredients
  • 2 ounces cachaça
  • 2 strawberries, quartered
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon superfine sugar
  • 2–3 basil leaves
Directions

Add cachaça, strawberries and lime to mixing tin and muddle thoroughly. Add sugar and basil, then fill with ice. Shake vigorously until chilled and pour directly into rocks glass without straining. Garnish with additional strawberry and basil if desired.

Published on May 12, 2018


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