It’s that time again! The Olympics begin in just 2 days and the opening ceremony is always something to remember. I love any excuse to throw a party so thats exactly what I am doing this year- rooting for team USA, with friends, cocktail in hand.
I wanted to pay a nod to Brazil, where the Olympics are being held this year, and make their national cocktail- the Caipirinha. Made the classic way, its made with Brazilian liquor Cachaça and lots of fresh lime juice and sugar. I wanted to put a little spin on it, and of course make it a little bit “skinnier” for myself and my friends. My spin on The Caipirinha created: The Skinny Watermelon Basil Caipirinha.
Watermelon juice is seriously having a moment- it’s summery, super hydrating, it’s anti-inflammatory and SO YUMMY. Basil is such a great compliment to watermelon…and I love putting it in cocktails, so I thought it was a perfect way to put a modern, summery twist on a classic drink.
I will be serving my Grilled Pizzas, because what is more American than a pizza party?? It’s also an easy way to feed a big group without spending endless time in the kitchen. When I throw a party, I want to be able to enjoy it too, so easy party food is key.
I also found the MOST PERFECT candle for the occasion- I am seriously obsessed with candles, you should see my stockpile, and finding one that fits a party theme makes me a happy girl. One of my favorite candle brands, Votivo, came out with a new candle inspired by the classic Brazilian cocktail and the lively, robust culture of the country. It is called The Caipirinha Lime candle and it smells SO amazing. I will be burning these during the party just to up the zesty feel of the party.
Votivo was sweet enough to offer a giveaway for you guys- their candles are seriously the best and three lucky winners will receive a Votivo Caipirinha Lime bundle (an $84 value!). The lovely little bundle includes: An Aromatic Candle, A Reed and diffuser and a Travel Tin in Caipirinha Lime.
Head over to the comments section here to submit yourself OR over my Instagram page- like and comment on todays post pic for a chance to win!
And now for that cocktail recipe….
Skinny Watermelon Basil Caipirinha
Makes 4 cocktails
2 cups of fresh watermelon
4 oz Cachaça
Juice of 3-4 limes ( I like mine very lime heavy!)
2 tablespoons simple syrup or agave nectar
handful of fresh basil (some to muddle and some for garnish)
In a pitcher, muddle the watermelon to extract all the juicy goodness, then add most of the basil and muddle that in with the watermelon until they no longer resemble leaves. Next, add the lime juice, simple syrup and Cachaça. Mix well. Fill 4 glasses with ice and pour mixture! I like to strain mine a little so only a little bit of the watermelon and basil pulp goes into the glass. Garnish with a basil leaf, and done! Enjoy!