Enjoy this refreshing sugar free and low carb Caipirinha cocktail – made with Brazilian rum!
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Have you ever tried a caipirinha cocktail? Here's the official definition:
Caipirinha is Brazil's national cocktail, made with cachaça, sugar and lime. Cachaça, also known as pinga, caninha, or any one of a multitude of traditional names, is Brazil's most common distilled alcoholic beverage
Cachaça is a made from fermented sugar cane juice and is fairly similar to rum – although rum is usually made from molasses, a by-product from refineries that boil the cane juice to extract as much sugar crystal as possible, while cachaça is made from fresh sugarcane juice that is fermented and distilled (Source: Wikipedia). Like most spirits it is zero carb (despite it's sugary origin) and the Caipirinha is the most well-known cocktail that uses this alcohol.
So, back to the other ingredients. Lime juice has a few carbs but the real issue for low-carbers is the brown sugar. Here we have several options. Because the lime and sugar are muddled together (you DO have a muddler, right?), the most obvious alternative is a granulated sweetener like xylitol, Lakanto, or granular Swerve.
Cut a thick slice of lime and cut it into quarters. Place it in a thick-bottomed short glass with the xylitol and muddle the two together. Fill the glass with ice and add the cachaça. Add a slice of lime to garnish and enjoy.
So wait, do you remember I said there were options? Well this alternative is even less traditional, but lower in carbs! Replace the granular sweetener with 1-2 tablespoons of either homemade simple syrup or Da Vinci Sugar Free Sweetening syrup. They're both zero carb!
I've tried the recipe with either granular sweetener or syrup (it's hard work, this job!) and I'd say that both taste great, although because of the added liquid when using the syrup, this version isn't as strong as when using the granular sweetener.Low Carb Caipirinha #lowcarb #sugarfree #caipirinha Click To Tweet
Low Carb Caipirinha
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- fresh lime
- 1 tsp xylitol or 1-2 tbs sugar free sweetening syrup
- ice crushed or cubed
- 2-3 tbs cachaça rum
- Cut a thick slice of lime and cut it into quarters. Place it in a thick-bottomed short glass with the xylitol and muddle the two together.
- Fill the glass with ice and add the cachaça. Add a slice of lime to garnish and enjoy.
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