caipirinha

The Caipirinha is the national drink of Brazil consisting of only three ingredients: cachaça, lime, and sugar.

The Caipirinha (pronounced kai-pee-reen-ya) is a strong yet refreshing drink that uses the grit of the sugar to extract the zest and oils of the lime peel when they are muddled together.

Related: Mojito, Strawberry Mojito, Fresh water, Gin and Tonic

What is cachaça?

Cachaça is the national spirit of Brazil and is made of fermented sugar cane juice. While the taste is most similar to rum (which is usually made from molasses), its spicy sweet flavor is unique with a subtle fruity profile.

When was the Caipirinha invented?

The origin of the Caipirinha is not totally clear, but it may have appeared in 1918 in Portugal as a medicinal drink (made with lemon, garlic, and honey) for patients with the Spanish flu. It may also be a take on a drink from Madeira, Portugal, called the Poncha cocktail.

Ingredients

  • Liquor: Ask your local liquor store to order this for you if they don’t carry it. While rum is a similar substitute, it just won’t pack the same unique flavor.
  • Lime: Lime is what gives this drink a tart freshness, so make sure to use the whole lime and not just the juice.
  • Sugar: Sugar sweetens the drink a bit to counteract the lime and the grains of the sugar help to release the zesty oils from the lime peel.

While you can serve a Caipirinha in just about any glass, we recommend a double rocks glass or a medium-sized tumbler.

Directions

Add your quartered limes and sugar to a double rocks glass and muddle until the juice and sugar are mixed together.

Add your ice and then pour in your Cachaça and stir well.

Add a lime or mint for garnish and enjoy!

Tips for Making

  • If you want your drink to have more lime flavor, try adding in extra lime juice after muddling your limes and sugar.
  • For a sparkling version, top off your drink with a splash of sparkling water!
  • Make a fruity version by muddling in fruit like raspberries or pineapple for a fun twist.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use simple syrup instead of sugar?

You’ll want to use regular sugar rather than simple syrup for this drink as the friction of the grains of sugar help release the oils and zest from the lime peel.

What’s the difference between a Caipirinha and a Caipiroska?

A Caipiroska is similar to a Caipirinha except that it uses vodka rather than cachaça.


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The Caipirinha is the national drink of Brazil consisting of only three ingredients: cachaça, lime, and sugar.

Yield 1 drink

Prep 5 minutes

Total 5 minutes

Instructions

  • Add your quartered limes and sugar to a double rocks glass and muddle until the juice and sugar are mixed together.

  • Add your ice and then pour in your Cachaça and stir well.

  • Add a lime or mint for garnish and enjoy!

Notes

Tips for Making

  • If you want your drink to have more lime flavor, try adding in extra lime juice after muddling your limes and sugar.
  • For a sparkling version, top off your drink with a splash of sparkling water!
  • Make a fruity version by muddling in fruit like raspberries or pineapple for a fun twist.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

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% Daily Value*

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.

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