It’s August, and predictably, temperatures are soaring. Our keto caipirinha whisks you away to the beaches of Brazil (well, almost). A traditional caipirinha consists of 3 ingredients: lime slices smashed into the bottom of a glass, then muddled with 2 tablespoons of white sugar and topped with a shot of cachaça liquor. Caipirinhas, Brazil’s national cocktail, land between 15 and 25 net carbs. We’re gonna fix that, don’t worry! How does 3 net carbs per cocktail sound?
The bright, citrusy tang to these cocktails remind us of margaritas or gin gimlets – light, crisp, and easy to drink on those warm, humid summer nights. However, the cachaça liquor is a game-changer. Unlike white rum, which is a spirit made from sugar cane molasses, it’s made from the fresh-pressed juice of the sugarcane, called grape, and contains nothing else. Sounds like pure sugar, right? But it’s the distillation process that eliminates the sugar so we are looking at a zero carb liquor. It’s flavor profile leans to the grassy and floral side, and depending on what wood species are used for the barrel-aging, different aromas and notes emerge. Cachaça is one of the only spirits in the world that can be aged in indigenous Brazilian wood.
The word “caipirinha” is a Brazilian term that defines a yokel, hillbilly, or generally a naive person from the countryside. It’s believed that the caipirinha was initially created by landowning farmers in the interior of São Paulo State. Because of the concern about an epidemic of cholera in the area, people started mixing cachaça with water, sugar and limes, as it was against the law to drink straight water alone.
With a career in food and agriculture, my husband had the privilege of spending time in just about every country in the world. Mike embraced the many cultures he visited, and always enjoyed sampling foods and beverages wherever he was. Let’s just say he’s an adventurous eater – eating sea cucumber, scorpions, and drinking snake blood. Yep.
15 years ago, Mike was introduced to caipirinhas in Santos, Brazil, located on the coast in São Paulo State. Visiting a sugar cane refinery, he was asked to join his Brazilian colleagues for an outdoor dinner on that hot and humid evening. Their server brought out several ice-filled pitchers of caipirinhas, a cocktail he’d never heard of before, and one he’s never forgotten. His Brazilian buddies told him to be careful, because if you drink more than 2, you’ll need help walking out of the restaurant. The moral of the story is: they go down easy.
The recipe is simple. In a cocktail shaker add 3 ounces white cachaça, 3 ounces fresh lime juice, and 3 ounces of our Truvia Simple Syrup. Shake vigorously. You’ll need a couple of lime slices to put on the bottom of the glass. Add ice, and pour the cocktail in. Lime slices make the perfect garnish. Cheers! SAÚDE!
- Cocktail shaker
- 3 ounces cachaça white
- 3 ounces fresh lime juice
- 3 ounces Truvia simple syrup
- lime slices optional
- Add cachaça, lime juice, and Truvia simple syrup into an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
- Strain into ice-filled old-fashioned glasses with lime slice on the bottom. Garnish with lime wedge.