Caipirinha

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Cocktail History

The Caipirinha (pronounced kai-pe-REEN-ya) is a classic cocktail that was created by farmers in São Paolo, Brazil in the 1800s. It’s traditionally made by muddling lime wedges with simple syrup and mixing both with cachaça, a Brazilian spirit made from sugarcane. Although most popular in South America, the recipe made its way to the United States during the rubber boom in the early 1900s when Americans often traveled to Brazil to tap rubber trees for the latex sap used in tire-making.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Cachaça: This is a Brazilian spirit made from sugarcane juice. We went with Leblon Cachaça because it’s fruity and smooth.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with sugar and water. You can buy bottled simple syrup in a store, but we made ours at home using Alex’s recipe because it tastes better fresh and is very easy to make.

Lime: This is quartered and muddled in the drink to add fresh citrus aroma and flavor.

Lime Wheel: This is the garnish. It adds more fresh lime aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Caipirinha features the aroma of sour citrus followed by the initial taste of the cachaça balanced by sugar and sweet and sour flavors on the finish.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We both thought the Caipirinha had a candy sweetness similar to a boozy iced lime soda, making it the perfect refresher on a warm, summer day. Overall, it’s a very good and very simple drink that’s worth the praise it gets.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Art of Vintage Cocktails by Stephanie Rosenbaum.

AuthorThe Art of Vintage CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Cachaça
 ½ oz Homemade Simple Syrup
 1 Lime
 1 Lime Wheel

Method
1

Quarter lime.

2

Add lime quarters pulp side up to a lowball glass.

3

Drizzle simple syrup over limes.

4

Muddle syrup and limes together.

5

Add cachaça.

6

Stir 10-15 seconds.

7

Fill glass with ice.

8

Stir for 5-10 more minutes.

9

Garnish with lime wheel.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Cachaça
 ½ oz Homemade Simple Syrup
 1 Lime
 1 Lime Wheel

Directions

Method
1

Quarter lime.

2

Add lime quarters pulp side up to a lowball glass.

3

Drizzle simple syrup over limes.

4

Muddle syrup and limes together.

5

Add cachaça.

6

Stir 10-15 seconds.

7

Fill glass with ice.

8

Stir for 5-10 more minutes.

9

Garnish with lime wheel.

Caipirinha

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More Citrus Cocktails

If you like this citrus-flavored cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Gin & Sin: A gin cocktail made with orange juice, lemon juice, grenadine, and an orange twist

Maiden’s Prayer: A gin and rum cocktail made with triple sec, Meyer lemon juice, and a lemon blossom

Rosemary Gin & Tonic: A gin cocktail made with grapefruit shrub, lime juice, grapefruit tonic water, grapefruit slices, and rosemary sprigs

Blood Orange Sour: A gin cocktail made with blood orange juice, triple sec, lemon juice, and a blood orange wedge

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