Happiest Hour: The Caipirinha

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What you’re drinking: A Brazilian cocktail currently receiving a ton of attention as that country hosts the World Cup. We’ve seen it featured on Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown,” ESPN’s soccer pre-game show and a zillion other places leading up to the tournament.

What it is: Super easy to make. You need lime wedges, brown sugar or simple syrup, ice and a Brazilian spirit called cachaça.

How to make it: Put one teaspoon of brown sugar or simple syrup into a rocks glass with four lime wedges. Muddle it like you mean it. Muddle it some more. Add ice. Pour in two shots of cachaça. Adjust to taste.

What it tastes like: A fresh and fruity cocktail with enough of an earthy bite to keep us interested. Our first one turned out a little harsh, so we added a bit more sugar and made sure to do extra muddling. It was delicious.

When we drank it: At a block party during the USA’s thrilling 2-1 victory over Ghana. Since we won, it will be required at all future viewings (against Portugal on Sunday and Germany on June 26 and, hopefully, in the knockout rounds).

What others said: “It made me want to put on a beaded bra and a headdress and dance like it was Carnival.”

How we modified it: Want it even sweeter? Sugar the rim of your glass.

Where to get what you need: Cachaça can be hard to find, but Grizzly Liquor, 110 West Spruce St., usually carries two brands. The cheaper 51 ($23), which we used, is currently out of stock, but Leblon ($31) is still there.

Happiest Hour celebrates western Montana watering holes. To recommend a bar, bartender or beverage for Happiest Hour, email editor@missoulanews.com.

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