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Caipirinha Cocktail Recipe

This Brazilian famous cocktail is one of the most renowned drinks in the world and cocktail industry, due to its signature ingredient, cachaça. Find out more about the exotic taste and history of Caipirinha cocktail.


Caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail, made of a basic combination of cachaça, limes and sugar. Enjoyed in a large number of both national and international bars, restaurants and clubs, Caipirinha has been designated by the International Bartenders Association as one of the official cocktails, in the Fancy Drink section, which also includes cocktails like Apple Martini, Cosmopolitan, Mojito, Japanese Slipper, Orgasm and Sex on the Beach, among others. The Fancy Drink section stands along with other three major categories:

  • Before-Dinner Cocktails – Bacardi Cocktail, Daiquiri, Manhattan, Margarita, and many types of Martini cocktails
  • After-Dinner Cocktails – Black Russian, French Connection, Golden Dream, White Russian
  • Long Drinks – Bellini, Bloody Mary, Champagne Cocktail, Irish Coffee, Pina Colada or Tequila Sunrise


  • The national cocktail of Brazil takes its name from “caipira”, which refers to a countryside person, and has, like many other important mixed drinks, endless variations:

  • Caipiroska – a cocktail which substitutes cachaça with vodka
  • CaipirItaly – the Italian version of this cocktail uses Bitter Campari instead of cachaça
  • Caipirão – a Portuguese variation using Licor Beirão, the national Portuguese liqueur, instead of cachaça
  • Caipifruta – using, besides the traditional ingredients, a mix of fresh fruits, like tangerine, passion fruit, pineapple, mango or kiwi

  • Still, when talking about the original Caipirinha cocktail recipe, cachaça remains one must-have ingredient. It is liquor made from fermented sugarcane, mostly produced in Brazil, and it serves as a main ingredient in other cocktails, like Batida, Royce, Rabo-de-galo, Caju Amigo or Quentao.

    What is takes to prepare the Caipirinha cocktail?

  • 5.0 cl. Cachaça
  • ½ lime cut into 4 wedges
  • 2 tsp crystal or refined sugar

  • Use a muddler or a wooden spoon to mash the lime together with the sugar, into an old fashioned glass. Finally fill the glass with some crushed ice and the Cachaça.



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