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Brazilian Caipirinha Cocktail

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Bring the Southern hemisphere into your life with this exotic Brazilian Caipirinha Cocktail! Lime, raw sugar and Brazilian rum marry in this tropical cocktail!

This popular Brazilian cocktail is ideal for summer sipping on a hot evening. If you enjoy lime cocktails, this cachaça based drink is destined to become a new favorite!

Caipirinha Cocktail in a highball glass with a lime garnish

Brazilian Caipirinha Cocktail

Brazil’s most popular cocktail is quickly becoming one of mine, too. My first Caipirinha Cocktail (pronounced kai-pee-reen-ya) was at a book club meeting. Don’t I have fun friends? With our book selection, State of Wonder, set in Brazil, it seemed a natural addition to the menu.

As Brazil’s national cocktail, it’s made with the tropical ingredients of lime, sugar cane, along with rum made with sugar cane. It’s been called Brazil’s version of the mojito. The name, caipirinha, actually translates to “little countryside drink.”

How to Make a Caipirinha

Making a caipirinha cocktail is quite simple. There are only 3 ingredients to put on your shopping list.

  • First, procure some Cachaça, which is a Brazilian rum made from fermented sugar cane. See more details below.
  • For the sweetener, raw sugar or a sugar syrup is traditional for this tropical cocktail.
  • Fresh limes are a must as they’re pulverized to release both the juices and the oils.
  • Use a cocktail muddler to crush your lime wedges.
  • Whether to use crushed ice or cubes is up to you. I prefer the crushed as it helps dilute this potent cocktail.
  • Limes are muddled with the raw sugar before the Cachaça and crushed ice are mixed in. The results are a cool, refreshing, yet strong beverage!

Two Brazilian Caipirinha Cocktail in highball glasses

What is Cachaça?

Cachaça (ka-shah-suh) is made from the fermented juice of sugar cane vs. the molasses of ordinary rum. It’s also known as aguardente, pinga,  and caninha.

You can use sugar syrup or raw sugar for muddling the limes, and there is a debate as to whether to serve with crushed ice or ice cubes. The flavors are quite similar to a Daiquiri, but with a rustic appearance due to  the pulverized lime pieces in the bottom of the glass.

A Few More Tips for Making a Caipirinha

These Brazilian Caipirinha Cocktail are strong and can really pack a punch. Make certain they are well stirred, so each cocktail has enough sugar. And as the crushed ice melts, the sips become sweeter and smoother.

Make sure to use fresh lime juice. If you try to make these Brazilian cocktails with bottled juice, the quality will suffer.

I am certain these Caipirinha cocktails will be a hit with any Latin American fare. This August, our “little countryside” will be our backyard where the grill will be smoking, mosquitoes will be buzzing and fireflies glowing. Lots of laughter and maybe even a few fireworks. A tropical cocktail is apropos for any summer gathering!

Caipirinha Cocktai with a bottle of Cachaça

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Caipirinha Cocktail

Caipirinha Cocktail

A Brazilian rum and lime cocktail

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 1 cocktail


  • 2 ounces rum (Cachaça)
  • Half a lime, cut in quarters
  • 2 teaspoons raw sugar or 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Crushed ice


  1. Place lime pieces in bottom of a high ball glass. Muddle the limes by pressing and twisting with a muddler.
  2. Add Cachaça, simple syrup or sugar, and crushed ice and stir. Garnish with a lime slice if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 glass

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 192Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 0g
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62 comments on “Brazilian Caipirinha Cocktail”

  1. What a refreshing summer cocktail, love the lime!

  2. Lime tartness swirled with heady rum has got to be a celebration. My brother lives in Brazil so now I can impress him with my knowledge about the countryside caipirinha drink =)

  3. Well I’m glad you got the most important thing figured out first:@) Sounds like a great drink for a hot day!

  4. Here in Portugal we have a big brazilian comunity, so caipirinhas are one of our most popular drinks! In fact, there are a lot of wonderful variations: caipiroska (with black vodka), caipirão (with a wonderful national drink called Licor Beirão) and caipirinha with red fruits… They are delicious 🙂

    Have a nice day 🙂

  5. Oh, this drink makes me happy. It reminds me of a mojito, but without the mint. I think I want to come to your 4th gathering.

  6. A very refreshing and delicious summer drink. Thanks for introducing it 🙂

  7. Ooooo, does this sound refreshing and wonderful for a hot summer day!

  8. This drink is one of my favorites-especially good when the temperature rises! Nice photos;-). I’m sure the desserts at your 4th of July party will be over the top amazingly good 😉

  9. That refreshingly delicious boozy drink will surely makes me happy !

  10. Love caiprinha… Its almost like a mojito but a different rum… Great drink!

  11. Liz, I am so ignorant about cocktails. I didn’t even know this mix existed which made me come here out of curiosity. Besides, I always visit you, to check up on your posts. 🙂 Love the color captured in these photos.

  12. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?!

  13. Caipirinha was in fashion here in Greece in the 80’s and 90’s! I consumed quite a few of these babies during my college years haha! You reminded me of my youth my friend! Delicious cocktail!

  14. I know a lot of people that love this drink, but have yet to enjoy a glass myself. Might have to change that now that I know exactly what’s in it!

  15. I am a big fan of this cocktail, it has been too long since I had one. I’ll have one of your glasses for sure 🙂

  16. This sounds like such a refreshing and brilliant drink to cool down with! Will definitely be a winner at any gathering or party 🙂

  17. Brazilian tip: you can try this out with any fruit you like, and you can change the liquor for vodka or saque. My favorite version is vodka with strawberries! 😉

  18. Yum and looks so refreshing too. Must get me some rum…

  19. This looks refreshingly delicious! Last year we received a bottle of Cachaça from a Brazilian friend and it is still unopened, but thank to you not for long 🙂

  20. I love the colour and the flavour of this cocktail 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

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