Giving a classic cocktail a holiday twist with mint and ginger
One of the fun aspects of mixology is taking a classic cocktail and giving it a twist. With a Caipirinha (the national cocktail of Brazil), the flavor of the fresh lime with added sugar and cachaça make it a delicious cocktail all on its own or provide a tasty foundation for a whole new cocktail entirely. Caipirinhas are refreshing cocktails and tend to be consumed during the hot summer months.
But what happens when the foundation for Caipirinha has a few extra ingredients added such as mint-infused simple syrup, fresh ginger and ginger beer? The taste profiles of the mint and ginger together turn this popular summer drink into a holiday cocktail that is ideal for consumption during the cold, winter months.
Mint Infused Ginger Caipirinha
Muddle the ginger in a mixing glass. Add the lime wedges, simple syrup and cachaça to the mixing glass. Muddle ingredients together. Add ice. Shake for five to ten seconds. Pour the entire contents of the mixing glass into a rocks glass. Float ginger beer on top. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Mint-Infused Simple Syrup
2 fresh mint bunches
2 cups of sugar
2 cups of water
In a pan, add water and boil. Add sugar and mint. Reduce heat and stir. Let sit until cooled, about 45 minutes.
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