Cut the half lemon into 4 wedges. Put the wedges in an old fashion glass and add the sugar.
Now muddle them with a muddler or wooden spoon for 1 minute. Add crushed ice, then the cachaça.
Stir well to dissolve the sugar. Garnish with a lemon slice and serve with a short straw.
You may substitute fresh lime and white rum if the official ingredients are not available.
There are many varieties but the original uses lemons and cachaça and never vodka.
Good place to try a Caipirinha near The Villages is Ipanema Brazilian Steak House in Ocala.
"Caipirinha" - (pronounced "ka-pur-een-ya") - Roughly translates to someone from the countryside or a "hillbilly".
Originated in Brazil and is now its national cocktail.
Cachaça ("ka-shah-sa") is distilled from fermented sugarcane juice and available in larger liquor stores.
It's similar to rum but the type of sugar cane used makes it unique.