The Caipirinha: Brazil’s National Cocktail

caipirinha cocktailComposed of cachaça, limes and sugar, the Caipirinha (pronounced kie-purr-REEN-yah) is Brazil’s national cocktail.  Cachaça is the most commonly distilled alcohol in Brazil, and is often referred to as “Brazilian rum.”  But unlike rum, which is distilled from the sugar byproduct, molasses, cachaça is distilled from fermented sugar cane juice.

Not too long ago, the Caipirinha was a drink only enjoyed in Brazil, in large part because cachaça, especially good cachaça, wasn’t readily available outside of Brazil.  But in recent years the drink has begun to experience a revival and is popping up on cocktail menus across the world.  Hell, even TGI Friday’s offers a version of the Caipirinha, though it’s usually flavored and overly sweet.

The Caipirinha

2 ounces cachaça
1 medium lime, cut into wedges
2 teaspoons fine sugar

Add lime wedges and sugar to an old fashioned glass and muddle vigorously. Add crushed ice, then cachaça, and stir until the glass begins to frost. Then, drink up.

Written by Kevin Gray


  1. Joy · January 22, 2010

    Hey my friend LOVEd this drink when he was in Brazil and wanted to know how to make it, I sent him the link so thanks for posting 🙂

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