We like to offer pronunciations in this app, so you don’t sound like a tool ordering one of these drinks at a bar. The shame of trying to order a Caipirinha when we’d only ever read about it – well, we’d save you from such a fate. With that said, we admit it: we don’t know how to say it and we can’t find any kind of consensus about it online or in our books. “Voo Cah-REH” is probably your safest bet. However you say it, this New Orleans classic (it’s named for the French Quarter) is smooth and mysterious, with the character of a lost age. The original recipes all call for equal parts of Angostura and Peychaud’s bitters, but honestly you’ll be fine if you only have one or the other.
- 1 part Rye whiskey or Bourbon
- 1 part Cognac or Brandy
- 1 part Sweet vermouth
- 4 dashes Sweet herbal liqueur
- 4 dashes Aromatic bitters or Creole bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass, or build it in a short ice-filled glass and stir. It’s also pretty good served neat – meaning, no ice.
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