Cut the half lime into 4 wedges. Put the wedges in an old fashion glass and add the sugar. Brown sugar gives it a nutty flavor. 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 lime slice and serve with a short straw.
You may substitute fresh lime juice and white rum if the official ingredients are not available.
There are many varieties but the original uses limes 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.