Cocktail Recipe: Caipirinha

The caipirinha is the national cocktail of Brazil. And if a whole country vouches for it, it must be good. Today, it’s a worldwide hit made by every pro-bartender around. But with our easy to follow recipe, you can make this refreshing cocktail at home too.

Though it is not confirmed, the academic community believes the caipirinha was invented in 1918, in the interior of São Paulo, Brazil. With a mix of muddled limes, sugar, crushed ice and cachaça; we can see why it’s a national (if not global) favorite.

  • 1 lime
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 ounces Cachaça
  • Crushed ice

Step 1:

Begin by washing one lime well and cutting off the ends. The entire lime will be muddled and so it’s important the fruit be thoroughly cleaned.
Cut the lime into small pieces and place into a sturdy glass.

Step 2:

Add 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar to the glass and use a muddler or wooden spoon to crush the lime pieces. Muddle/ crush the sugar and lime pieces well, until the juice is extracted. Fill the glass with ice.

Step 3:

Add 2 ounces of cachaça over the ice. Stir gently until the mixture is combined. Garnish with a lime wheel, if desired. Enjoy with a straw.


A caipirinha has a relatively high volume of alcohol in proportion to the other ingredients in it, so it’s important the drink be sipped slowly and enjoyed leisurely. That way, it can be relished for longer too.