Caipirinha (pronounced kai-purr-REEN-yah) roughly translates from Portuguese to "country bumpkin." It is the national drink of Brazil, where it originated and has long been a popular Carnaval drink. In recent years it has become very popular in other parts of the world and is one of the most refreshing, easy rum cocktails you will find.
This cocktail features cachaça, a Brazillian style of rum made from pure sugarcane juice rather than molasses. The market is changing and now it is easy to find a premium cachaça almost anywhere in the world. This increase in availability is part of the reason why the Caipirinha has become so popular.
Mixing this drink is extremely easy once you have a bottle of cachaça. Fresh lime and sugar are the only other ingredients, so you may think of this as cachaça's take on the Old-fashioned or Mojito. In reality, it has become just as popular as either of those two stick drinks and it is now a drink that every bartender should know.
The Caipirinha is a perfect cocktail to adapt for seasonal fruits as well and don't be afraid to mix fruits. Below the recipe you will find a number of variations that feature various fruits and all are just as refreshing as the original.
- 1 lime
- 2 to 4 teaspoons sugar
- 2 ounces cachaca
- Cut the lime into chunks.
- Place lime and sugar into an old-fashioned glass.
- Muddle well.
- Fill the glass with ice cubes.
- Pour in the cachaca.
- Stir well.
Note: Keep the sugar mixed in the drink by stirring often.