Secrets of caipirinha recipe

Caipirinha is Brazil's national cocktail made with cachaça firewater, sugar and lime.

Picture: caipirinha bottle and caipirinha cocktail in a glass. A caipirinha cocktail.

Caipirinha, a traditional Brazilian drink prepared with cachaca is very popular in US, Latin America and Europe.

Caipirinha Classic

Recipe method: Muddle fresh lime together with soft brown sugar and cachaça.

Batidas / Fruit Caipirinhas

Recipe method: Your choice of Mango, Strawberry, Raspberry or Peach purée muddled with fresh lime, brown sugar, fruit liqueur and cachaca.


Recipe method: Fresh lime muddled with white sugar and Absolut vodka.

Fruit Caipiroska

Recipe method: Your choice of Mango, Strawberry or Raspberry purée muddled with fresh lime, white sugar, fruit liqueur and Absolut vodka.

'Orn Blower

Recipe method: Muddle fresh lime and brown sugar with some Jägermeister.

Sexy Caipirinha

Recipe method: Mix and muddle rum, vodka, white tequila, gin, orange juice, add Coca Cola as per taste.

Caipirinha cocktail

Recipe method: To make this caipirinha cocktail, place lime wedges and sugar in a mortar and using a wooden pestle squash the limes with the sugar to release their juice. Add cachaca. Shake.

Serve with pão de queijo, cheese bread or cheese rolls, pastéis or your favourite sultry party snack.

Cachaca cocktail

Recipe method: Muddle 1 bar spoon of white pepper corns and add sugar, 1 lime quartered and basil leaves. Place the lime slices in the glass and add the sugar. Shake the mixture and strain into a rocks glass over ice. Once the lime and sugar is muddled together, use a small amount of the cachaca to rinse the excess sugar and lime from the sides of the glass. Then add crushed ice up to the top of the glass.

What is what

Picture: typical ingredients for a Caipirinha: limes, sugarcane, cachaça, and crushed ice. Limes, sugarcane, cachaça and ice are typical ingredients for a caipirinha.

Caipirinha pronunciation sounds kie-pee-reen-yah. The word "caipirinha" is the diminutive version of the word "caipira", which refers to someone from the countryside, being an almost exact equivalent of the American English hillbilly. Cachaça is pronunced ka-sha-sa. Cachaca, a main ingredient of a caipirinha recipe is Brazil's most common distilled alcoholic beverage. Cachaça, also known as "aguardiente" is a spirit akin to rum in that it is made from unrefined sugar, but the similarity stops there. For centuries, cacha was a downscale drink enjoyed only by slaves and natives. The easiest cachaca to find in Brazil is Ypioca Cachaça Prata.

Cachaca is a Brasilian sugar cane distillate spirit. Cachaça differs from rum in that it is distilled directly from fermented sugar cane juice, whilst rum is distilled from fermented sugar cane molasses. Molasses is syrup that is by-product of processing sugar cane into sugar. It is the 3rd most consumed spirit in the world, but only a tiny amount - one hundredth is exported out of Brasil.

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