Raise your glass to Brazil’s national cocktail! This Caipirinha recipe is easy to make and even easier to enjoy.
Try this simple recipe today – you’ll be glad you did!
This recipe was originally posted June 13, 2014 and updated with new details March 12, 2021.
This delicious drink is everything you want in a cocktail. It’s equal parts sweet and tart for a refreshing burst of flavor.
This caipirinha cocktail recipe uses only three ingredients – cachaça, limes, and sugar. Plus it only takes a few minutes to mix together. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
The cachaça has a sweet, spicy, and fruity flavor. Mix it with limes and sugar and you get the caipirinha.
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Caipirinha Recipe – The Perfect Cocktail
I warn you, this is a strong cocktail. That is to say, it has about 38 – 55% alcohol content, similar to vodka. However, the sugar balances the lime and is so refreshing!
I took traditional caipirinha and added a little sugar plus reduced the alcohol to get this caipirinha recipe. So it’s the perfect cocktail for almost any occasion!
A Refreshing Brazilian Drink
Cachaça is made from fermented sugarcane juice. It’s sometimes called Brazilian rum, although technically rum is made from molasses, which is refined sugarcane juice. So cachaça and rum are closely related but still different.
A fun fact about cachaça is that it must be made in Brazil to be considered the real thing. It’s one of the most popular drinks in Brazil.
So if you’re in the mood for some authentic South American flavor, give this caipirinha recipe a try. It is refreshing and delicious. Nothing captures the taste of Brazil quite like its national cocktail!
Caipirinha Recipe Ingredients
- Lime – quartered
- Sugar – white granulated or cane, cubes or teaspoons
- Cachaça – any flavor
- Ice – small cubes or crushed
- Rum – Substitute cachaça with rum for a drink called caipiríssima.
- Vodka – Substitute cachaça with vodka for caipiroska.
- Fruit – Caipirinha with fruit is called caipifruta and it is so good! Think of other citrus fruits such as mango, kiwi, pineapple, and strawberries. Keep a little lime for flavor.
How to Make Caipirinha
- In a large and sturdy glass, muddle (mash) lime quarters and sugar. Use a muddler or a wooden spoon to press down and extract as much lime juice as possible.
- Add cachaça and ice. Stir thoroughly.
Three ingredients (+ ice) and two easy steps – can a recipe be any easier? Trust me, you’ll find yourself looking for reasons to mix up this caipirinha cocktail recipe!
Tips for the Perfect Caipirinha Cocktail
- Remove pith – Cutting out the white part of the lime, the pith, will yield a less bitter drink.
- Strong glass – Use a sturdy glass to prevent it from breaking during the muddling process.
- Adjust flavor – Adjust the amounts of lime and sugar until you get just the flavor you want.
- Crushed ice – Any ice will do, but crushed ice will melt more quickly, diluting the stronger flavors of the drink.
Strawberry Caipirinha Cocktail
I happened to have some fresh strawberries on hand and decided to make a rustic strawberry daiquiri – just a little twist on the traditional caipirinha on ice rather than frozen. It was heavenly and had far fewer calories than a traditional daiquiri!
You’re probably going to want more than just one cocktail at your next gathering, so check out all my other cocktails that are great for parties!
Traditional Brazilian caipirinha is made with three ingredients + ice. All you need is a lime, sugar, and cachaça.
The alcohol content is between 38 – 55%, similar to vodka. Crushed ice will melt and dilute some of the alcohol, or you can add a little water.
Rum is made from molasses (refined sugar cane) and cachaça is made from fresh sugar cane juice. The two are similar but still different.
These two drinks are like cousins – they are made similarly, but they taste completely different! Caipirinha is made from cachaça, lime, and sugar, and mojito is made from rum, mint, and sugar.
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- 1/2 lime quartered
- 2-3 sugar cubes or teaspoons
- 2 ounces cachaça
- Muddle limes and sugar in a cocktail glass, using a muddler or wooden spoon.
- Add cachaça and ice. Stir well.