(ABC NEWS)--The national cocktail of Brazil is the caipirinha, a simple drink made with a base of cachaça. Cachaça, or sugar cane rum, has only become widely available in the U.S. in the last decade, which explains the drink's rising popularity. Chow.com recommends the Pitú brand of cachaça, citing its similarity to the cachaça found on the streets of Rio. The recipe below is from Chow.com.
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
4 Key limes, halved and seeded, or 2 small, juicy limes, quartered
2 ounces cachaça
Sprinkle the sugar over the limes, and muddle them in the mixing glass part of a Boston shaker until the sugar is dissolved and the lime juice is released. Pour an old-fashioned glassful of cracked ice into the mixing glass, add the cachaça and shake. Return all the contents to the old-fashioned glass.