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Ginger Caipirinha

It may be cold outside, but if your oven's been on all day, you're probably in a bit of a sauna right now. Add to that environment the fresh and bright flavors of this classic drink from Brazil, and it will almost make you feel like you're actually there.

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Ingredients

8 large limes

2 to 4 tablespoons agave syrup, to taste (if limes are too tart, use more syrup)

Fresh ginger, peeled and cut into 8 slices

Large bunch of fresh mint (about 30 leaves)

1 cup Brazilian white rum, such as cachaça

4 12-ounce bottles spicy ginger beer, such as Reeds or Bundaberg

8 pieces crystallized ginger

Directions

1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove peel from half of the limes, setting peel aside. Juice all eight limes to produce about 1 cup of fresh lime juice.

2. In the bowl of a food processor, place lime peel, agave syrup, ginger slices and mint leaves, and blend until mixture forms a paste.

3. If there are any lumps, pass through a fine mesh sieve.

4. Add to pitcher along with rum and chill for an hour.

5. Remove pitcher from refrigerator and add ginger beer. Divide among 8 ice-filled rocks glasses and garnish with piece of crystallized ginger.

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