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Celebrate with a Cocktail – My Passionfruit Caipirinha

There have been lots of celebrations recently with friends & family getting  exam results, College & University places. I have been meaning to make some cocktails, having found a bottle of Cachaça at the back of my drinks cupboard. Cachaça is a Brazilian spirit made from fermenting sugar cane juice. Although fairly similar to light rum it is distilled to a lower alcohol strength, so is less refined and retains more of the aroma & flavour of sugar cane. If you don’t have Cachaça you can use a light rum or alternatively vodka, which is called a Caipiroska. I have also created an alcohol free version adding some fresh lychees. These cocktails are in honour of the amazing sporting achievements at #Rio2016Paralympics . The competitors will be on strict dietary regimes so will have to rely on  friends & family to  celebrate their performance with a cocktail.




Sugar Syrup

  • 60g (2.1oz) sugar, I used golden demerara
  • 30g (1 oz) cold water
  • Finely grated zest of a fresh lime (optional)
  • 1 stick of fresh lemongrass (optional)


  • 2 fresh lime each cut into eight pieces
  • 2 fresh passion fruit, cut in half using seeds, pulp & juice
  • 2 fresh lychees, peeled, stone removed & chopped (for Mocktail)
  • 20ml (0.7 fl oz) sugar syrup
  • 50 ml (1.7 fl oz) Cachaça ( or white rum or vodka)
  • freshly made ice cubes
  • 1 stick of lemongrass, ends removed

To make the sugar syrup:

Infusing the sugar syrup

Infusing the sugar syrup

  • Put the sugar and water into a small saucepan
  • If using lemongrass  remove the outer leaves, the ends and bash gently with the back of the knife to release the flavour, cut into two and add to the pan along with the lime zest
  • Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved
  • Cool & put into a glass container & store in the fridge
Passionfruit Caipirinha

Passionfruit Caipirinha

To make the Caipirinha Cocktail:

  • Put the pieces from one lime into a glass & carefully  press down with a wooden spoon to release the juice ( known as muddling)
  • Add the Cachaça, sugar syrup, pulp & seeds from 1 passionfruit & stir
  • Top up with ice & serve with a lime wedge & a lemongrass stick to stir (optional)
Passionfruit, Lime & Lychee Mocktail - Alcohol Free

Passionfruit, Lime & Lychee Mocktail – Alcohol Free



To make the Mocktail:

  • As above but use the lychees instead of the Cachaça & sugar syrup

Celebrate a taste of Brazil!

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