Caipirinha cocktail recipe
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by Bart

The Caipirinha is a lively Brazilian cocktail based on Brazilian cachaca rum, lime, and cane sugar.

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Glass Tumbler
Flavor Fresh, Sour
Method Easy
Strength Strong
Drink Rum
Time 4 minutes
Amount 1 cocktail


  • 2 limes
  • 40 ml cachaca rum
  • 2 barlepels Cane sugar

Bar tools

  • muddler
  • jigger


  • Use a sturdy glass for muddling
  • Start with 6 lime wedges and 2 bar spoons of cane sugar
  • Muddle well in the glass.
  • Fill the glass with crushed ice
  • Pour 40 ml of cachaca rum into the glass
  • Stir well with a bar spoon and optionally top up with crushed ice
  • Garnish with a lime wedge
Caipirinha ingredienten
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When life gives you lemons make a Caipirinha!

Origin of the Caipirinha

The name of this cocktail is derived from the Brazilian word Caipira, which was commonly used to refer to rural inhabitants. So, the first cocktails were probably not enjoyed on a white swinging Brazilian beach as we imagine, but rather in the countryside.

Cachaça, or better said Cachaça

Cachaça is the rum of Brazil. It is made from a distillate of sugarcane and is similar to white rum but with a slightly sharper taste and stronger alcohol content. And you can definitely taste this in the Caipirinha as well. Cachaça is used in Caipirinhas and Batidas or simply enjoyed neat. You can ask for Cachaça 51 or Sagatiba at Dutch liquor stores.

Easy to vary

Just like with the classic Caipirinha, you can experiment with various fruit flavors such as strawberries, kiwi (gold kiwi), passion fruit, or for example the Passion Caipirinha with passion fruit. Make sure to use juicy and sweet fruit and adjust the amount of cane sugar accordingly.

Passion Caipirinha
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