Today’s World Cup Cocktails are Watermelon Caipirinhas. It is a variation on the famous Brazilian Caipirinhas which are lime based. This version has a splash of lime but watermelon is the star. Fresh and fruity this cocktail is just as light and delicious as the original recipe however it contains a bright snap of juicy watermelon sweetness.
I was asked a question about the muddler I described in the Brazilian Caipirinhas recipe. There are all sorts out there with price points varying widely. The one I use I picked up in the kitchen aisle of Target. The only job of a muddler is to mush the ingredients together and so unless you are planning on lots of muddling the wrong end of a wooden spoon works just as well. I fall into the muddling often crowd and so I am happy to own one.
The process for this cocktail is simple. Cut 6-7 cubes of watermelon (about 1/2-3/4 cup total). I find a riper watermelon works the best. Place the cubes into a cocktail shaker. There are two routes you can go with the sweetener. Either 1 oz. Simple Syrup or 1 TBLS. sugar. I prefer simple syrup (recipe below) but sugar will work fine. If you are using sugar add it to the watermelon now and muddle together (if adding simple syrup you’ll add it after the watermelon has been muddled). The watermelon should resemble a puree but not be completely smooth and liquid and the sugar should be dissolved. Once muddled add the simple syrup if using, 1 tsp. lime juice and 2 oz. Cachaca. Cachaca is a Brazilian liquor made of sugar cane. If you don’t have Cachaca you can substitute vodka (which would change it to a Watermelon Caipiroska).
Fill the shaker to the top with ice, cover, and shake, shake, shake. This cocktail needs to be icy cold. I shake it until I can barely hold onto the shaker for fear of freezing my fingers. Yes, that cold.
Pour your newly created Watermelon Caipirinhas into a highball glass. This cocktail does contain some of the watermelon pulp. If you don’t like that texture make sure you really muddle the watermelon well at the beginning to obtain the consistency you like. Garnish with a wedge of watermelon and sit back and enjoy!
1 cup water + 1 cup sugar. Heat in a saucepan, stirring. Bring to a boil and cook until sugar dissolves. Cool. Store in a jar in the refrigerator. (Is wonderful in ice tea)!