Sake and Starfruit Caipirinha

starfruit caipirinhaThis is one of the most popular cocktail choices on the Caipirinha menu at Bar Veloso in São Paulo, Brazil. The bar normally makes it with saké but sometimes uses the more traditional cachaça upon request.

1 3/4 oz. saké
1 starfruit, cut into cubes  (save 1 spiece for the garnish)
1 tsp. sugar
5 fresh basil leaves
Tools: muddler, barspoon
Glass: Old Fashioned
Garnish: slice of starfruit

Muddle the starfruit and sugar in a glass. Add ice, saké and basil. Shake to chill, strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish.

Bar Veloso, São Paulo, Brazil