two glasses of ice and limes on a silver tray filled halfway with a caipirinha
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Classic Brazilian Caipirinha

This Classic Brazilian Caipirinha, also known as the Mojito's Brazilian cousin, is light, refreshing, and perfect for summer!
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Brazilian
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 182kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 1 fresh lime cut in half, then into quarters
  • 2 teaspoons sugar I used super-fine
  • lightly crushed ice
  • 2 ounces Brazilian cachaça

Instructions

  • Place lime wedges face up in the bottom of an Old-fashioned glass.
  • Sprinkle with sugar.
  • Muddle {mash} to release the lime juice.
  • Add ice and cachaça.
  • Stir well and serve.

Notes

  • To make for a large crowd: Multiply by the amount of guests and mix in a large pitcher.
  • If you cannot find cachaça, substitute vodka for a Caipiroska, or rum for a Caipiríssima.
  • I am almost positive that they use raw or turbinado sugar in Brazil, but I grabbed super-fine out of habit. Raw sugar will add a little more of a molasses flavor to your cocktail.
  • My muddler is MIA, so I grabbed a wooden tool out of the drawer that I believe is for pressing dough into mini pie pans??? Just find something that will mash your limes and sugar together without breaking the glass.
  • You do not need to completely pulverize the limes, just muddle enough to get the juice out.
  • I have seen versions with the limes cut into small wedges {like mine}, some with large wedges, and even some with peeled lime wedges. Do whatever works for you, just remember to clean the limes before you use them. 
  • I tossed some ice cubes into a zipper-top freezer bag and whacked them a few times with a wooden rolling pin to crush them….super simple.
  • Caipirnha is pronounced “Kai-Purr-Reen-Ya”
  • Cachaça is pronounced “Ka-Shah-Suh”

Nutrition

Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 19.5mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.4mg