And you have to cut the limes the right way too.
By the way, Marcelo, did you ever make the Clandestine Caipi? Maybe I missed it here somewhere ..
I was encouraged by Alan to prepare a caipirinha with La Clandestine. Even though he was very nice to send me a recipe of a famous pub in UK I decided to use my intuition in making caipirinhas.... So, my suggestion is :
For one cocktail glass:
- 3 key limes (Key Limes are "the right limes" for any caipirinha)
- 4 tablespoons of regular sugar (sugar cane) .... my tablespoon is not big, so if you have a big one use 3 tablespoons instead
- crushed ice, enough to fill at least 50% of your glass
- 1.5 oz of La Clandestine (it worked really well, I am not sure about other absinthes)
Cut the limes in four parts each. Remove the seeds with the tip of your knife (crushed seeds are bitter). Using a muddler crush down the limes with the sugar making an homogenous juice.
Mix the limes w/ sugar in a shaker and add ice and the absinthe.... shake the way you know how to shake it.... Pour in a glass.... You can add a straw if you want.
Drink SLOWLY. Let the ice melt a little bit and the absinthe will be even better.... In Brazil a glass of caipirinha is not for individual use.... Share your glass.... take a sip and pass to your friend and wait it to go around and come back to you....
I made it today, and I am a caipirinha drinker (with cachaça)... I loved this one with La Clandestine.
My friend, a woman of very fine taste, was with me and after trying she said "This is awesome" .......
When I drink it, it feels like caipirinha with the strong lime taste and then the end of taste is the absinthe, very interesting.
Happy Drinking and let me know your feedback and maybe how you compare this caipirinha with the regular cachaça or other types of absinthe.
Thanks Alan for the encouragement !
PS: I even have a picture of my drink here in front of me now, but this forum only accepts Internet links for pics !!!
Edited by mgs, 29 April 2010 - 10:23 PM.