The Brazilian Caipirinha

Caipirinha is one of the most renowned Brazilian drinks internationally. It is made with sugarcane liquor, unpeeled Tahiti lime (elsewhere, also known as green acid lime), sugar and ice. It is served at most bars and restaurants in Brazil.

Little is known about the origin of Caipirinha. Most likely, the mix of sugarcane liquor, crushed lime, sugar and ice was originated in the interior State of São Paulo. It used to be known as a strong medication against the flu. From the original formula, considered a classic in international cocktail making, only sugar and ice remain untouched: in bars worldwide, the recipe has been gaining new colors and flavors, with increasingly surprising ingredients. Little by little, cachaça has given way to vodka, rum, sake, at the client’s discretion.

The drink is served in an old-fashioned glass and may be accompanied by a small straw or wooden sticks. Caipirinha is traditionally made in the glass where it is served. However, the use of cocktail mixers is common to mix the ingredients.

Caipirinha Recipe


• 2 shots of cachaça (sugarcane liquor)
• 1 large Tahiti lime
• 2 spoonfuls sugar
• Ice


Cut the Tahiti lime into small pieces (with peel) and place them into an average-size glass, crush them with sugar and add sugarcane liquor and ice. Enjoy.