Brazil: Caipirinhas

The caipirinha is the national cocktail of Brazil — made with simple, locally-available ingredients, it packs a strong punch while being surprisingly refreshing!

There are only three ingredients: cachaça (an alcohol similar to rum that is made from distilled sugar cane), limes and sugar. The Bachelor Palace ® boys made us some really delicious ones when we visited Rio:

The caipi’s simplicity makes it very flexible: it can be made with other liquors (+ vodka makes the drink caipivodka), and fruits (we had a delicious caipi made of pineapple while traveling).

Caipirinha

Makes one large drink

Ingredients

  • 1 lime, rinsed
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar, depending on taste
  • Ice cubes
  • Cachaça

Directions

  • Cut lime in to quarters crosswise, and then slice each quarter into small pieces. Place in jar or glass.
  • Pour sugar on top of limes, and muddle together until limes are mixed with the sugar and sugar is dissolved.
  • Fill glass with ice (crushed or small cubes are preferable), and cover with cachaça, shake, and serve.
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