Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy 4th of July!

Strawberry & Basil Caipirinha

2 oz. Leblon Cachaça
3 strawberries
3 basil leaves - torn
¼ lime
2 tsp superfine sugar or 1 oz simple syrup
Leblon & Banana Caipirinha

1½ oz. Leblon Cachaça
¾ oz banana schnapps
½ banana
1 oz. coconut water
A splash of lychee syrup* or simple syrup
¾ oz. lime juice
¾ oz. pineapple juice
Peach & Sage Caipirinha

2 oz. Leblon Cachaça
1 fresh peach - peeled
1 tsp of fresh ginger
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. of simple syrup
1 sprig of fresh sage
Muddle the lime, strawberries, basil and sugar in a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and add Leblon Cachaça. Shake vigorously. Serve in a rocks glass. Garnish with a strawberry and a basil leaf. Muddle the banana, lychee syrup (or simple syrup) and lime juice very well in a shaker. Add the remaining ingredients and ice, shake well. Serve in a highball glass. Garnish with slices of banana.

*Lychee syrup is the juice from a can of lychees. Place peach and ginger in a food processor and pureé. In a shaker combine the peach and ginger pureé with Leblon, lime, simple syrup and sage. Add ice and shake well. Serve in a rocks glass. Garnish with a sage sprig.

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