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Caipirinha Recipe | Cocktails to Drink in Brazil

The caipirinha originated from the countryside of São Paulo state. It’s actually Brazil’s national drink. And if a country has a national drink then I know this is a place I want to visit! The caipirinha is made of cachaça, sugar, and lime. Cachaça is a distilled spirit, produced in Brazil that is made from fermented sugarcane juice. It’s easy to made and if you want to make your own at home keep reading for the caipirinha recipe!

caipirinha cocktail lime sugar

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Caipirinha Cocktail ingredients

What You’ll Need

Lime (1 lime will make 2 drinks)
Paring Knife
Cutting Board

Cachaça Recommendations

I’ve only ever used Leblon and Avuá Prata. Leblon is great for the price. There are a few other cachaça brands you can easily get in the U.S. that are less expensive but I would say Leblon is the way to go. If you’re want to go for a higher-quality cachaça go with Avuá Prata. Avuá Prata is rested in stainless steel casks before being bottled. Both brands are available in the U.S. at specialty wine and spirit stores.

Caipirinha Recipe

2 ounces – Cachaça
1/2 – Lime (see below how to cut your lime)
2 tsp – Sugar
Lime wedge or wheel garnish (optional)

lime cubes for caipirinha cocktail

How to Make a Caipirinha

To make your caipirinha you’ll start by prepping your lime. You’ll only be using half of a lime.

How to Cut Your Lime

Cut off the ends of the lime so that you remove the white pith.

Cut your lime in half lengthwise, then cut that piece in half.

Remove the white “vein” that runs down the middle. Cut the quarter pieces in half so that you have four “cube-like” lime wedges.


Now that your lime is cut, out those four pieces into your cocktail glass, then add the sugar.

It’s time to muddle! You want to muddle long enough to extract the juice but not so hard that you make the drink “pulpy.”

Add the cachaça, stir your cocktail, then add ice.

Give it one more stir. Add a garnish (quarter wheel of grapefruit or a lime wheel).

Enjoy your caipirinha! And if you want more “Cocktails Around the World” check out my other recipes.

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