Last Wednesday, to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, I headed to one of my favorite local watering holes, Cantina, where I consumed a couple of micheladas. While I was sipping on the flavorful beer cocktail, my lips started to tingle because it was so spicy! From jalapeno margaritas to Tabasco-y bloody Marys, I happen to love spicy drinks. How do you feel about them?
After being inspired by San Francisco Cocktail Week, I've decided that this Summer, I'm going to experiment with different spirits and mixers. First up is the Brazilian sugarcane rum known as cachaça. The caipirinha is the classic cocktail that features cachaça. Normally it consists of muddled lime and sugar, but this recipe takes a sangria-like approach to the drink and combines the potent rum with red wine, fresh citrus juice, and smashed blackberries.
The final concoction is punchy, flavorful, and wildly fruity. Be careful though: while this caipirinha is perfect for sipping on a warm afternoon, it's a deceptively potent cocktail. Enjoy one too many and you may end up passed out on the couch. The straightforward recipe is ideal for a party because it's easy to double (or triple as I did) the batch. It requires at least one hour of chill time, so mix it well before your event begins. Check out the recipe and read more