I suppose you are wondering why I am fixing you delicious summer cocktail in the dregs of a chilly Chicagoland fall? It’s all about the memories. You see last year I went to visit my brother-in-law in Lisbon, Portugal for Thanksgiving and THEE drink I ordered every restaurant we went to was the Caipirinha made from a sugar spirit called cachaça. With fond memories of Lisbon and all the fun we had, I think we should all have this as our Thanksgiving cocktail recipe, don’t you? This is a variation of my friend Gonçalo’s caipirinha recipe which adds a bit of basil for a tasty twist.
Basil Caipirinha Cocktail Recipe —
- Muddled Basil — Handful
- Citrus – orange, lime, and lemon — 1 Cup Cubed
- Brown sugar — 2 Tablespoons
- Cachaça – 3 oz
- 1 lime – freshly squeezed
Muddle basil and citrus. Toss the remaining ingredients in a shaker. Shake well until brown sugar is melted. Pour into a sugar-rimmed martini glass.
Below you see sweeping photos of the city of Lisbon. Although chilly when we visited, it didn’t detract from the amazing beauty of the city. the perfect place to dream up a Basil Caipirinha Cocktail Recipe.