The summer classic from Brazil
Caipirinha Cocktail Rezept
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Caipirinha is one of the most popular cocktails in summer and the official national drink of Brazil. Its preparation is simple, because the drink consists of only three ingredients; lime juice, cachaça and white cane sugar. The Caipi, as the drink is also called, belongs to the cocktail group of sours.

Its name derives from the Brazilian-Portuguese word caipira, which can be translated as hillbilly or country bumpkin. Contrary to what this might lead one to believe, however, the drink was reserved for the wealthy middle class.

  • Prep Time2 min
  • Cook Time3 min
  • Total Time5 min
  • Yield1 jar
  • Serving Size120 ml
  • Energy204 cal
  • Cuisine
    • mediterran
  • Course
    • Getränk
  • Cooking Method
    • Muddling


For the caipirinha

  • 1 organic lime
  • 60 ml cachaça*
  • 3 BL white cane sugar
  • Crushed ice


  • Plunger
  • Shaker*
  • Old fashion glass


Wash the lime hot and dry it properly to remove the preservative waxes from the skin. Then cut off the end with the stem (this is where the bitter substances are located) and cut the lime into eighths.
Place the lime wedges in a shaker and mash vigorously with a pestle.
Add the white cane sugar, the cachaça and a good handful of crushed ice and shake properly until the outside of the shaker fogs up. Pour into a tumbler*, garnish with a slice of lime and serve with a straw. Ready is your homemade caipirinha!

If you want to avoid your caipirinha watering down too quickly, you’re better off reaching for Cracked Ice. To do this, you crush normal ice cubes into coarse pieces. These melt much slower than the fine crushed ice.

  • Nährwerte

  • 1 servings per container
  • Serving Size120 ml
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories204
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat1.6 g78 g2.05%
  • Total Carbohydrate11.2 g275 g4.07%
  • Dietary Fiber0.7 g28 g2.5%
  • Total Sugars11.2 g
  • Protein0.3 g50 g0.6%
  • Calcium21.5 mg1300 mg1.65%
  • Iron0.4 mg18 mg2.22%
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)18.9 mg90 mg21%
  • Vitamin E (Tocopherol)0.2 IU33 IU0.61%
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)0.0325 mg1.2 mg2.71%
  • Magnesium3.9 mg420 mg0.93%
  • Zinc0.1 mg11 mg0.91%
  • Alkohol19.2 g

The right cachaça for the caipirinha

The spirit used in caipirinha has a huge impact on its taste. Therefore, you should by no means skimp on a high-quality cachaça.

If you want to make a classically solid caipirinha, it’s best to reach for a white cachaça*. You can find this in any good supermarket. You won’t do anything wrong with it, but you won’t discover anything new either.

If you want to get more out of your drink than just the classic caipi, reach for a cachaça aged in wooden barrels. This helps your cocktail to a whole new level and significantly expands its flavor spectrum.

Brown or white cane sugar?

A real caipirinha is always made with white cane sugar. This carries a distinct cane sugar aroma, is finer grained and dissolves better.
In contrast, brown cane sugar has a strong caramel note that affects the taste. In addition, the brown variety is often much coarser, does not dissolve when shaken, and leaves an unattractive mouthfeel.

History: Caipirinha as a medicine

The original Caipirinha has its roots in Brazilian Sao Paulo. When exactly the current variant of the cocktail was invented, is not proven beyond doubt. It is known that in 1918 a drink called Caipirinha was unsuccessfully administered as a cure for the Spanish flu. This original caipirinha was made with garlic and honey and was far from the delicious drink we enjoy so much today in the summer.

You can find the non-alcoholic version under the name Ipanema

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