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Caipirinha Riff: Fog Over Rio

Using the classic Caipirinha cocktail as inspiration, Derek Walker swaps in lemons for limes and uses a tea syrup in place of sugar for this vibrant riff.


  • 2 oz. aged cachaça
  • 1/2 oz. Earl Grey-lavender syrup
  • 4 lemon quarters
  • Tools:shaker, strainer
  • Glass:rocks
  • Garnish:lemon twist


Muddle the lemon quarters and syrup in a shaker tin. Add the cachaça and shake lightly. Strain over a large ice cube. Garnish.

Earl Grey-Lavender SyrupMake a 2:1 ratio of loose-leaf Earl Grey tea and dried lavender. Steeped with 1 vanilla bean in hot water for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid, then add equal parts of cane sugar and allow to cool. Bottle and keep in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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