Thirsty? Well, if you caught yesterday’s post all about cocktails then I imagine you may well be. What better time than the weekend to try your hand at replicating some swish mixologist skills in your kitchen… and lucky for us, the nice folk at Cabana Brasilian Barbecue have given me two recipes to share with you.
Ice cubes at the ready!
First off, gather your cocktail-making paraphernalia. In this case you just need your shot measure; knife; chopping board; ice cracker (erm…) and a wooden muddler.
Except, if you’re like me you won’t have an ice cracker or a wooden muddler – so we’ll just make use of bashing our ice in a plastic bag with a rolling pin, like the heathens we are. And as for muddling lime and sugar, well, that’s nothing that can’t be done with a spoon.
You will need:
- handful of cracked ice
- 1 & 1/2 limes, cut into rough cubes with the skin on
- 1 tbsp. golden caster sugar
- 65ml cachaça
Pop your limes and caster sugar into your thick-bottomed glass tumbler and muddle together well.
Add the cachaça and a handful of cracked ice and stir.
Finally top up the glass with more cracked ice and finish with a lollipop stick for stirring.
The Batida is another classic Brasilian cocktail – the name literally means ‘shaken’. Think ‘hard shake’ and you’re almost there, but these are made with coconut cream.
Batidas can be made in advance and kept in the fridge ’til you’re ready to serve them.
You will need:
- 130ml cachaça
- 100g hulled strawberries (plus 2 extra strawberries to garnish)
- 50ml coconut cream
- Juice of 1 lime
- 4tsp caster sugar
- handful of ice cubes
Place 2 glasses in the freezer to chill. Meanwhile, put all the ingredients (except for your garnish) in a blender, with a handful of ice. Blend at medium speed until smooth, then pour into your chilled glasses.
Garnish each glass with a strawberry and enjoy.
Let me know if you have a go at making these, or if you have any other cocktail recipes that you love for summer.
Recipes courtesy of the Cabana Cookbook – reproduced with permission.