Technically caipirinhas are Brazilian, not Cuban, but they have a similar flavor profile to mojitos. Whereas the latter employ mint, lime and sugar, caipirinhas leave out the mint. And instead of rum, they feature a distinctive liquor called cachaça (a spirit made from fermented and distilled sugar cane juice). The good news is that cachaça has become pretty mainstream these days. It's easy to find in your local liquor store, and it's relatively affordable.
My favorite version of a caipirinha involves a big glug of fresh watermelon. I can't think of anything more refreshing for the dog days of summer.
A refreshing summer cocktail similar to a mojito, amped up with fresh watermelon.
Total time: 5 minutes
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