If you've ever been to Brazil (or even if you haven't), chances are you've heard of its national cocktail: the caipirinha, a wildly popular combination of cachaça (sugar cane liquor), sugar and muddled limes. In our twist on this refreshing drink, we've added pomegranate juice and grenadine syrup to the concoction. You can adjust the drink's sweetness by varying the amount of grenadine you use.
Grenadine, a sweet red non-alcoholic syrup used to add flavor and color to an array of cocktails, is made from pomegranate juice. Although you can buy it in many supermarkets and liquor stores, it's easy to make yourself (with the added benefit that it will contain no high fructose corn syrup) — so check out our Grenadine Syrup recipe.
Cachaça is available in well-stocked liquor stores and markets, but you can substitute vodka if you like.
Cut one of the limes into 8 wedges. Slice the other lime into 4 thin circles for garnish and set aside.
Place 2 wedges of lime in a rocks glass and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of grenadine. Muddle the limes to release the juice and oils from the peel, about 15 seconds. Add 1/2 cup of chilled pomegranate juice and 2 tablespoons of cachaça. Fill the glass with cracked or crushed ice and transfer the mixture to a cocktail shaker. Shake well, then pour the contents into a martini or rocks glass. Garnish the glass with a slice of lime and serve immediately.
Repeat for the remaining 3 drinks.