½-1 teaspoon sugar
2 ounces cachaça
Slice the lime into 1/2-inch rounds and muddle them in an old-fashioned glass or small tumbler with the sugar. Add a couple of ice cubes. Pour in the cachaça. Top with soda water to taste.
Caiparinhas are the perfect tangy, bright counter to the salty deliciousnes of pao de queijo.
A note on personalization: I highly recommend making these to order and adjusting the sugar level to the liking of each person. I liked it at about 1 tsp, my husband 1/2 a tsp and our friend kept pouring sugar in until I'm pretty sure it was just alcoholic limeade. But that's what it is all about, make something you love!