How to Make a Caipirinha: Classic Caipirinha Recipe

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Last updated: Mar 23, 2024 • 1 min read

Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha, is made with lime, sugar, and a sugarcane hard liquor called cachaça—but don’t call it Brazilian rum. Cachaça is a fermented and distilled spirit made from fresh sugarcane juice (different than rum, which is made from molasses). The Caipirinha cocktail takes some muddling in a rocks glass to achieve the right balance of sweet and fruity flavor.

Although a Caipirinha can use any fruit that can be muddled (like passionfruit or kiwi), to make it the true national cocktail of Brazil, the drink recipe must use lime.