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????). Lime was muddled with raw sugar (or a sugar syrup), then Cachaça (a Brazilian rum) and crushed ice were added to produce a cool, refreshing, yet potent beverage. The literal translation is “little countryside drink.”

Cachaça (ka-shah-suh) is made from the fermented juice of sugar cane vs. the molasses of ordinary rum. 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. These babies are potent…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. I am certain these Caipirinha cocktails will be a hit at our annual neighborhood 4th of July gathering. 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. Next I need to figure out my dessert menu…

Caipirinha Cocktail


  • 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 and crushed ice and stir. Garnish with a lime slice if desired.

Yield: 1 serving

    Total time: 5 minutes


      Nutrition Facts
      Serving Size
      Amount Per ServingAs Served
      Calories 177kcal Calories from fat 1
      % Daily Value
      Total Fat 0g0%
      Saturated Fat 0g0%
      Sodium 9mg0%
      Carbohydrate 13g4%
      Dietary Fiber 1g4%
      Sugars 10g
      Protein 0g

      Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

      Total FatLess than65g
      Sat FatLess than25g
      CholesterolLess than300mg
      SodiumLess than2,400mg
      Total Carbohydrate300g
      Dietary Fiber25g
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      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. Happier Than A Pig in Mud says:

        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. Christiane - Taking On Magazines says:

        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. steph@stephsbitebybite says:

        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

      21. This is right on time Liz thank you. The kids are coming home in a couple of weeks and this will be a hit for sure. Your dessert menu will be a piece of cake!!!

      22. I´m posting a cherry version (with vodka) this sunday for SS. Who knew you were a caipirinha kind of person! I adore it, and we all do in this city. The small green limes are called caipirinha limes, so you get the idea. About the ice, depends on your drinking speed: use crushed if you down it quickly and cubes if you´re the kind who can wait and sip it slowly. You need to water it down before you drink it, otherwise it´s pure cachaça!

      23. This looks so refreshing!!! A glass of this is what I need right now. I love any cocktail with lime in it. Great post Liz!

      24. This is my husband’s favorite drink. We had them nonstop during our honeymoon in Costa Rica.

      25. My kids would love this! Thanks Lizzy, love your presentation too, those colors are my favorite!

      26. Hotly Spiced says:

        Now there’s a word I can’t spell. I love your lime muddling gadget – another item for my wish list. This cocktail looks like the perfect way to cool down after a hot day xx

      27. Now this is one cocktail that I am definitely going to have to indulge in . . . and quite soon, I might add! Cheers and salute’, Liz!


      28. Such a great drink! This has become one of my summer favorites – so refreshing in hot weather. It’ll be great for your July 4th blowout!

      29. Well, it looks like I chose the perfect time to drop by for a visit. I sure could use that drink right about now. Is Okay if I don’t wait for the 4th? It has been steaming in my neck of the woods and a cool refreshing drink with a bit of newness would sure hit the spot! Now, the question remains, what’s for dessert???

        Thank you so much for sharing, Liz…I’ve been meaning to get here for days. So glad I picked tonight!

      30. I’m so ignorant when it comes to cocktails…wouldn’t know one from another. Sounds like a very nice and refreshing cocktail for the summer. Cheers! xoxo

      31. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen says:

        WOW! This sounds like something I would love!

      32. Amy Tong says:

        Oh my…I’m getting thirsty just by looking at your cocktail! I haven’t try a Caipirinha yet but from your description and ingredient list, I know I’ll love it. 🙂

      33. This is a perfect summer garden party cocktail!

      34. Anything with lime in refreshing drink is my favorite,great coctail recipe for the party 🙂

      35. Interesting post! You can even make something like that look good in photos. You’re good, Lizzy!

      36. I would like to join your book club. I love this drink, too! And I am so happy you drink and bake. Or is it bake and drink? Have fun on the 4th!

      37. I love how your book club rolls… you’re a wild one Lizzy! This cocktail looks yummy. 🙂

      38. I want to join your book club! Citrus/rum drinks are my summer time favorites. Usually, I make mojitos, just because I knew how. Now I can add caiprinhas! Thanks!

      39. your book club sounds a lot like mine! this looks like the perfect summer cocktail! I’ll close my eyes and imagine my feet in the sand! cheers!

      40. Lora @cakeduchess says:

        I just love your book club-so much fun! And you know I’m not much of a real drink drinker-but this is one of my favorites…especially when it’s made right. Looks fantastic, Lizzy! xx

      41. I saw this drink being made on TV a few years ago and have wondering about it ever since. I sense it’s the kind of thing that will quickly leave me on my butt and don’t get me started wondering about your “book group.” Hahahahaha

      42. This is a very potent cocktail. You can add a SPLASH of sprite to make it a milder drink without changing the overall taste too much.

      43. My girls and I are getting ready to go out dancing, thinking we will whip up a few of these to get us in the mood. Lovely and refreshing. 🙂

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