A smash differs from a traditional caipirinha in that the drink is strained, so most of the pulverized pulp and leaves stay in the cocktail shaker.
Use a high-quality cachaca such as Leblon, Beleza Pura or Cabana.
- 2 tangerine slices
- 2 sprigs tarragon, plus 1 sprig for garnish
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 1/2 ounces freshly squeezed tangerine juice
- 2 1/2 ounces cachaca (see headnote)
- Ice cubes
- Crushed ice
Muddle the tangerine slices, the 2 sprigs of tarragon and the honey in a cocktail shaker. Add the tangerine juice and cachaca, then fill with the ice cubes. Shake well, then strain into a large wineglass or double old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice.
Garnish with the tarragon sprig.
From Spirits columnist Jason Wilson.
Tested by Michael Taylor.
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