I loved this Summer Grillin’ Barbeque Party, which gave me the perfect idea for a refreshments bar for a summer outdoor party: A Caipirinha bar!
A Caipirinha is a Brazilian drink that is easy to make, requires very few ingredients, but packs a punch of flavor. It is usually just cachaca, the traditional liquor used to make caipirinha, raw sugar, crushed ice and your choice of fruit mixed together.
On your next outdoor soiree, jazz things up with your very own caipirinha bar! Here’s what you’ll need:
If you find it hard to find cachaca in our local supermarkets, spirits like vodka, rum or tequila will do. A fun way to serve them is in individually labelled carafes or glass bottles. Give your guests the freedom to choose their poison and let the good times roll!
Caipirinha is usually made with lime. Make your bar more versatile by having a variety of fruits for your guest to choose from like kiwi, lemon, and strawberries. Make sure all fruits are peeled, and sliced into small pieces so that it is easier to crush and mix with the rest of the ingredients. Serve them in individually labelled cups, wide-mouthed jars or bowls.
Since crushed ice can very easily melt, we recommend serving your crushed ice fresh by having an ice machine ready. This way, the ice will always be light and flaky as opposed to stuck together in semi-melted, oddly shaped balls. It will also be a fun activity for your guests to crush their ice themselves.
We recommend raw or brown sugar as it adds more depth of flavor to the drink. White sugar may be used as a substitute.
Who doesn’t love mason jars? Have your guests enjoy their caipirinhas in wide-mouthed mason jars with colorful paper straws.
The pestle is to crush the fruits, which helps to incorporate the flavors better, and the jigger is to make sure you measure just the right amount of liquor in your drink.
1. 1/2 cup strawberries (sliced)
2. 1/2 lime (sliced)
3. 2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
4. 1/4 cup cachaca
5. 1 cup ice (crushed)
(Photo and recipe from: strawberrysue)
Photos from Kara’s Party Ideas
Care to share your favorite summer drinks (spiked or not!)? Sound off in the Comments!