- 3 limes
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 qt ice cubes
- 1 cup cachaça (Brazilian brandy made from sugarcane)
- Lime slices or sugarcane swizzle sticks, for garnish (optional)
- Cut each lime in half crosswise, then cut each half into 8 pieces. Place 12 pieces of lime in each of four double old-fashioned glasses (or other 12-oz glasses).
- Sprinkle 2 Tbsp sugar into each glass.
- Using a muddler (or the butt end of a large wooden spoon), mash the limes into the bottom of the glass until the sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally.
- Fill each glass with 1–1/2 cups ice and 1/4 cup cachaça.
- Transfer the contents of the glass to a cocktail shaker—one glass at a time—and invert the glass over the shaker to act as a lid. Shake the glass and shaker together to combine the sugar and cachaça, shaking until well chilled.
- Lift the glass from the shaker and pour the contents back into the glass. Repeat the process with the remaining three glasses.
- Garnish with a slice of lime or a sugarcane swizzle stick, if desired.
Recipe provided by Emeril Lagasse.