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Caipirinha

Pronunciation: [ki-pee-REEN-yah]

Brazil's most popular spirited potable, the Caipirinha is made by muddling (see muddle) lime wedges and sugar together in a tall glass, then adding crushed ice and the potent Brazilian sugar-cane brandy cachaça. Substituting vodka makes it a Caipiroska; rum makes it a Caipirissima. The word is Brazilian for "drink of farmers."