Caipirinha Cocktail Recipe: Brazil’s National Drink

Caipirinha Cocktail Recipe: Brazil's National Drink

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The cocktail “Caipirinha” is considered a visiting card of Brazil, it is made in bars around the world. It can not be said that the taste of the drink is very exquisite, but it is good to cool and cheer, which is much more important in the hot season.

Caipirinha is a Brazilian sweet and sour cocktail with a strength of 25 degrees, consisting of cachaça, lime, cane sugar and crushed ice. Served in glasses of the Rox type, 350 ml. To taste the drink is close to another famous cocktail – Mojito, but without mint.

Historical reference.

The cocktail “Caipirinha” was invented by slaves who worked on the cane plantations of the Portuguese. They prepared alcohol from improvised means – the cane juice was brought to fermentation, and then lime wounds were kept in it.
Before the beginning of the 20th century, few knew about Caipirinha outside of Brazil. Everything changed when the quality of cachaças appeared in the market of Europe and the USA, and Brazil itself became open for tourists. On local beaches, the refreshing and quick preparation of Caipirinha became a real hit. Returning home, people ordered this cocktail in the bars of their cities, which contributed to its popularization.

Composition and proportions:

  • cachaçasha (reed vodka) – 50 ml;
  • lime – 1 half;
  • cane sugar – 2 teaspoons;
  • crushed ice.

Aguardiente is a Brazilian reed moonshine, resembling rum to taste. It used to be sold only in Brazil, but now it can be purchased in America. Since cachaçasha is still a very rare drink, in cocktails it is often replaced with rum, vodka, or even gin.


  1. Cut half lime into 4 pieces and put slices in a glass.
  2. Add sugar and crush the slices with a small rolling pin or spoon. Lime juice should dissolve sugar.
  3. Fill the glass with crushed ice to the top.
  4. Pour the cachaçaca (rum, vodka) and mix well.
  5. Decorate the cocktail lobule lime, drink through the tube.

Caipirinha Cocktail Recipe

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Alternative recipes for Caipirinha

First of all, it is possible to replace cachaças in a cocktail with rum or even vodka. In the European bars, Caipirinha with rum (called Daiquiri cocktail) is more popular than the classic version. The proportions remain the same. Adding quality vodka, the taste of which differs little from the original.

Caipirinha with fruit

You can also prepare Caipirinha with fruits, replacing lime with orange slices, strawberries, blackberries, grapes or other fruits. Thanks to this, the sour taste of the cocktail is removed, and it becomes sweet.Caipirinha with fruit

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