Serves 1

The national drink of Brazil uses cachaça, the rumlike liquor made from sugarcane. It is a muddled drink, like a mint julep, only with lime and sugar instead of mint and sugar. Bruising the lime quarters and sugar with a pestle or the back of a spoon releases flavorful oils and juice from the rind of the fruit and gives the cocktail its fresh, bright flavor.

How to Make It

Combine the lime quarters and sugar in a cocktail shaker. Muddle until juices have released and sugar is mostly dissolved. Add the crushed ice and cachaça; cover and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled. Pour contents of shaker into a chilled rocks glass. Garnish, if desired.