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Cranberry caipirinha

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A festive twist on the classic Brazilian cocktail

Cranberry caipirinha

  • Yield: 1


  • 1/4cup cranberries + 6 cranberries
  • 2tbsp cranberry juice
  • ½ lime
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 1.5oz cachaca
  • ice


  1. Put the 1/4cup cranberries and the cranberry juice in a small pan. Warm over a medium heat until the berries pop and go soft, squashing them to form a kind of jam texture. Remove from the heat and press through a small sieve to give a syrup/puree. You can do this in advance and in larger quantities to use for a few drinks. You should get around 2tsp from this quantity, enough for 2 drinks. Store extra in the fridge for a couple days.
  2. When ready to make drink, quarter the half lime and place the pieces in the bottom of a glass. Sprinkle over the sugar and add the 5-6 cranberries. Muddle them together so the sugar dissolves, cranberries split and juice comes from the lime (if you don't have a bar tool, then use the pestle from a pestle and mortar, as I do).
  3. Next, top up the glass with ice cubes, pour in 1tsp of the cranberry syrup/puree and the cachaça and stir slightly. Serve immediately.

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