Coffee Caipirinha

Leave it to Imbibe Magazine and their clever article entitled Brave New Buzz to turn me on to this zippy idea.

Iced Coffee + Cachaça + Turbinado Sugar = Coffee Caipirinha. So simple, so delicious and so effective as an eye-opening happy hour starter.

Coffee Caipirinha

  • 6 oz coffee (only use the good stuff - the stronger, the better)
  • 1-2 T turbinado sugar
  • 1.5 oz cachaça
  • 1-2 oz milk
  • cinnamon stick

Brew the coffee and sweeten to taste with the turbinado or raw sugar - do NOT substitute with white sugar as the rich caramel flavor is key. Let it chill completely before adding to a cocktail shaker - if not the ice will melt too quickly and dilute the drink. Add 1.5 oz cachaça (Brazilian rum) and milk to taste. Shake vigorously and pour over ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Now go forth and conquer coffee nation!