One of my pet hates.
Nearly every blog I see that details the Brazilian caipirinha and/or gives a recipe, tells you to use LIMES! And, I saw another this morning.
A caipirinha is made with LEMONS!
Limes and lemons are totally different flavours; limes are not as sour as lemons.
The confusion arises because here in Brazil lemons are green; and everyone outside Brazil sees a green lemon and goes “Limes”. They are NOT Limes.
As green lemons get older they tend to develop a yellow tinge, limes do not.
Please help stamp out this erroneous bullshit!
If you can’t get green lemons, don’t use limes. Use a traditional yellow lemon, and if you want to have the ‘Brazilian green’ garnish with lime slices.
- 1 lemon cut into eight pieces.
- Sugar to taste.
- Mash the lemon and sugar in glass (or use a mortar and pestle), add ice.
- Fill glass with cachaça.
Once you have made the mix, you may need to add extra sugar because green lemons are ‘nipple puckering’ sour.