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Caipirinha Cocktail in a highball glass with a lime garnish

Brazilian Caipirinha Cocktail

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 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 in a highball glass with a lime garnish

Caipirinha Cocktail

A Brazilian rum and lime cocktail

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Beverage, Cocktail
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Brazilian


  • 2 ounces 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.

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68 comments on “Brazilian Caipirinha Cocktail”

  1. I have always wanted to try one of these cocktails. Thanks for all the tips on how to make it!!

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  3. I love rum drinks! I’ve never heard of this one, and would love to try it!!

  4. This cocktail looks seriously refreshing, Liz! Love all of your great tips as always!

  5. I absolutely want my resident mixologist to make these for me. These could be a weekly thing over here!

  6. That looks really refreshing! Thanks so much for all of the information about the special rum! Now I’m on a quest.

  7. Yes, caipirinha…although I was young and could not drink…now every time at Brazilian restaurant ordering a caipirinha is a must…great recipe Liz.
    Have a great week!

  8. Cachaça is such good stuff! And it’s fantastic in this drink. Your version looks perfect — thanks.

  9. My husband absolutely fell in love with these when he had to travel to Brazil on business. When he got home, he recreated it at home and then I fell in love with them, too! Looks great! I think we need to make this again this weekend!

  10. I just love a Brazilian Caipirinha Cocktail! I may have enjoyed one too many in one evening a couple of times lol.

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  13. I am planning on spending a lot of time in the pool this weekend with THIS drink in my hand! It sounds amazing.

  14. This sounds so refreshing — perfect for a late summer party. And I am intrigued by Cachaça. I don’t think I have ever had it but now I’d like to. Yum!

  15. You drink at your book club?! I think I better move your direction! What great discussions you must have. I’ve always loved this little drink and usually have it with lots of fresh mint. My bottle is empty!

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