Whew! Thanksgiving is almost here and I have failed miserably to give you something delicious to add to your boozy holiday lineup. Luckily, this cocktail is both easy to whip up and batch for a crowd.
Cachaca is a rum-like spirit from Brazil, used to make the traditional caipirinha (ky-per-een-yha) cocktail. Some people claim to not like its unique flavor, but send them off to the pre-dinner cheese board with this guy and I would be shocked to hear any complaints. It’s full of cranberry, raspberry, lime and isn’t too sweet—a little tartness is ideal for Thanksgiving happy hour. It’s super bright and fresh—plus you can always add more of the syrup for any guests who aren’t sour-inclined.
Hope you have the best holiday with the people you love the most. That’s what it’s all about. That and caipirinhas. Obviously.
Cranberry Caipirinhas for a Crowd
makes 4 cocktails; can easily be batched for more
- 2 limes, cut into rounds, ends discarded
- 4 sugar cubes
- 2 oz cran-raspberry simple (recipe follows)
- 8 oz cachaca
Add cut limes and sugar cubes to a pitcher and muddle until sugar has broken down. Add cranberry syrup and continue to muddle. Add cachaca and stir until well-mixed and sugar has dissolved. Add ice and stir again. Strain into glasses filled with fresh ice. Garnish each glass with cranberries, raspberries and lime wedges.
Cran-Raspberry Simple Syrup
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- 1 cinnamon stick (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Allow sugar to dissolve, stirring occasionally. Allow to simmer over low heat for about 20-30 minutes. Strain while still warm into a mason jar. The syrup may look thin but it will thicken as it cools!
Note: You can also strain the batch into a punch bowl, add ice and let guests serve themselves.