The Far East Caipirinha is one of the more interesting, perhaps even off the wall, versions of the Caipirinha
. It's an interesting mix of Brazil meets Japan, sort of a cross cultural cocktail. In this one the cachaça
is paired with sake and lychee (if you do not have the puree, a lychee liqueur
could be substituted) and an intriguing mix of herbs and spices. The Champagne also knocks this one out of the normal realm of the Caipirinha, but is a nice touch.
The Far East Caipirinha was created in 2009 by Leblon Cachaca as a "consolation" drink inspired by Tokyo, one of the runner up cities for hosting the 2016 Olympics.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
- 2 oz Leblon Cachaca
- 1 oz. sake
- 2 oz. lychee puree
- 1/2 oz. lemon juice
- 1/2 oz. vanilla & lemongrass & chili
- Small pieces of lemongrass & chili
- Champagne - to top
- Muddle chili and lemongrass in a shaker.
- Shake with remaining ingredients except Champagne.
- Strain over ice into a highball glass.
- Top with Champagne and stir well.
- Garnish with lemongrass straws.