Watermelon caipirinha

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The caipirinha is the strongest national cocktail of Brazil, and is imbibed in restaurants, bars, and many households throughout the country. Once almost unknown outside Brazil, the drink has become more popular and more widely available in recent years, in large part due to the rising availability of first-rate brands of cachaça outside Brazil.

Note: To make a Caipirissima, substitute the cachaça for dark rum.

Adaption Tip: Add a splash of effervescence like Prosecco, champagne or soda water.

1/2 unpeeled lime, cut into quarters
2 slices quarter-sized ginger
1 tsp white sugar
2 large tarragon leaves
2 oz. watermelon puree
2 oz. cachaça

In a large rocks glass, muddle lime, ginger, sugar and tarragon.

Add watermelon puree and cachaça.

Add ice and stir well.