strawberry basil caipirinha recipe

As weird as this is to admit, this recipe started with a birthday party at a Brazilian steakhouse. It’s not that I’d never had a caipirinha before, but this time felt different. The cocktail felt so refreshing and totally perfect for spring. That night I ended up having 3 or 4 of them because I really couldn’t get enough. Before we left, I texted Rocky, our cocktail recipe developer, and knew we needed to share a caipirinha recipe with you guys! To make it even more perfect for spring, she added fresh strawberries and aromatic basil for a fun twist on Brazil’s national cocktail.

strawberry basil caipirinha recipe, perfect for a spring brunch, easter, mother's day or unexpected st. patrick's day celebrations. #cocktail #caipirinha #recipe

I also have a soft spot in my heart for the classic caipirinha thanks to seeing Anthony Bourdain wax poetic about it countless times on his various shows. Perhaps a trip to Brazil is in order one day!

Also, initially I had wanted to share another St. Patrick’s Day cocktail with you guys, but honestly… I’m a bit bored of them! We’ve done lots of those already, so if that’s what you’re looking for, here are some favorites from the archives:

strawberry basil caipirinha recipe, perfect for a spring brunch, easter, mother's day or unexpected st. patrick's day celebrations. #cocktail #caipirinha #recipe

Strawberry Basil Caipirinha (makes 1 cocktail)

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Cachaca
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 bar spoonful of simple syrup
  • a few dashes of cherry bitters
  • fresh basil
  • fresh strawberries, sliced

Directions

Muddle the strawberries and basil in a cocktail shaker. Add in the remaining ingredients with ice. Shake and strain into a glass with fresh ice. Garnish with more strawberries and basil — and add a cute straw for fun!

strawberry basil caipirinha recipe, perfect for a spring brunch, easter, mother's day or unexpected st. patrick's day celebrations. #cocktail #caipirinha #recipe

Sources: straws, Moroccan glass tumbler, green linen napkin, berry basket (old), white pitcher.

Photography and styling by Jojotastic. Recipe developed by Raquel Roof for Jojotastic.

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