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How the Caipirinha Is Ruined Around the World

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Everyone loves this Brazilian cocktail, and each culture seems to see a need to ruin it in their own way.

The caipirinha is a religion. We hold as articles of faith how the limes should be chopped, how the ice should be crushed, etc., and these beliefs are handed down from one believer to the next, from reveler to reveler, generation to generation. There are denominations and sub-denominations, lapsed believers and absolutists. What has been missing until now …