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Perfecting the Classic Brazilian Caipirinha – Cocktail Recipe. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Copyright 2014 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.
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Classic Brazilian Caipirinha

The balance of sweet and sour in a Caipirinha is so important, so you can adjust the mix of sugar to lime after you’ve made the first drink. Just don’t try too many in one session…
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Brazilian
Servings: 1
Calories: 119kcal
Author: Lara Dunston


  • 2 heaped teaspoons of white sugar
  • 1 medium sized lime see directions for cutting
  • 1 good pour of Cachaça 21/2oz – 3oz


  • Chop the ends off the lime. Cut through the lime slightly off-centre and then diagonally to make quarters.
  • Remove the white ‘stem’ from the apex of the slices and halve the slices again to make a total of 8 pieces of lime.
  • Place the lime pieces and sugar in a glass (preferably a lowball or rocks glass) and muddle with a wooden pestle.
  • Add ice to the glass and pour over the Cachaça.
  • It’s best to mix the drink by placing a cocktail shaker head over the glass and shaking, but you can just stir it as well.
  • Sip the drink! Slowly.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g