Crushed Ice Caipirinha

Inspired by the Olympics of course, we decided to make Brazil's national cocktail last weekend. Partially, to combat this wave of truly unbearable humidity, we got the idea of adding crushed ice, making a bit of a Caipirinha slushy. When it's 100° outside, there isn't really anything more refreshing than this. 

've been tuning in periodically to the games, incredibly inspired, mostly in awe by the level talent and stamina from these athletes. On a culinary note, if you haven't seen this article floating around the internet, take a look. Chefs Massimo Bottura and David Hertz have been using discarded Olympic food to make meals for the city's poorest residents.

Cheers to Brazil, and to beating this August heatwave. 



Crushed Ice Caipirinha
makes 2 drinks

2 limes, halved
2 tbs turbinado sugar
3 oz cachaça
2 mint sprigs
3 cups ice, divided 

  • Cut one lime half into wheels and set aside.
  • Place 2 cups ice in a lewis bag or large plastic bag and smash with hammer or rolling pin until ice is thoroughly crushed. Set aside and keep frozen. 
  • Cut one lime half into quarters and place in a cocktail shaker.
  • Top with juice from additional one half lime, turbinado sugar and muddle together.
  • Add cachaça and 1 cup ice and shake vigorously. 
  • Fill two cocktail glasses with ice and strain between the two.
  • Garnish with lime wheels and ming sprigs.