Homecoming Caipirinha

Homecoming Caipirinha with Boca Loca Cachaca

Boca Loca Cachaca

  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
408 Calories
2g Fat
112g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 408
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 27mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 112g 41%
Dietary Fiber 25g 89%
Protein 5g
Calcium 256mg 20%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The caipirinha is a great cocktail and it's fun to give it a new twist from time to time. When you want to add a taste of autumn to the popular cachaça cocktail, try this homecoming caipirinha recipe. Featuring apple, sage, and cinnamon, it brings together some of the season's best flavors.

Created by Anika Zappe of Root Down in Denver, Colorado, this recipe is very easy to make. You'll simply start with a muddle of Fuji apple, lemon, sage, and cinnamon agave nectar, top it off with your favorite cachaça and some apple juice, then mix it up. Not only is the flavor medley brilliant, but this variation is significantly lighter on the alcohol than its predecessor, so it's a great casual sipper, too.

Ingredients

  • 2 slices apple (Fuji)
  • 2 slices lemon
  • 1 leaf sage
  • 1/2 ounce agave nectar (cinnamon)
  • 1 1/2 ounces cachaça
  • 3 ounces apple juice (unfiltered, organic)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a mixing glass, muddle the apples, lemons, cinnamon agave nectar, and sage.

  3. Add the cachaça and apple juice, then fill the glass with ice.

  4. Roll between two glasses (or the glass and a shaker tin) until well blended.

  5. Pour (don't strain) into an old-fashioned glass and top it off with a little fresh ice.

  6. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • Rolling is a fun way to mix cocktails and the key is to have two vessels that are similar in size. Adding ice in the serving glass makes up for any loss during agitation.
  • If you prefer, build the caipirinha directly in the old-fashioned glass and stir it well. There's no need to add extra ice.
  • Cinnamon is a popular flavor for agave nectar (sometimes referred to as agave syrup) and it is possible to find it in stores or online.
  • You can also flavor regular agave nectar with cinnamon. An easy way is to stir in about 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the 1/2 ounce of nectar needed in the mixing glass before adding the other ingredients. Add more cinnamon or nectar to taste.
  • Another option is to steep 2 whole cinnamon sticks in warm water and agave nectar for a few hours (similar to this coriander nectar method).

Recipe Variations

  • Use unflavored agave nectar if you like. You can always add a cinnamon stick garnish to give the caipirinha a hint of that flavor.
  • Apple cider is a great alternative to the juice.

How Strong Is a Homecoming Caipirinha?

Adding the apple juice definitely tames the homecoming caipirinha down from the original caipirinha's strength. When made with an 80 proof cachaça, its average alcohol content is just 11 percent ABV (22 proof), or a third of the cocktail that inspired it.