The caipirinha is the national cocktail of Brazil, and its taste is noticeably different from the Cuban daiquiri even though they are structurally very similar drinks. Since it uses cachaça instead of rum, it has more of a sweet green wood flavor than the caramelized flavors rum brings. Please read my description of cachaça for the flavor difference between rum and cachaça. Because rum and cachaça have such different flavors, it isn’t a caipirinha if you use anything other than cachaça. This cocktail also keeps the whole lime wedges in the drink, giving it a cool look.
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