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Caipirinha (pronounced kai-purr-REEN-yah) is a traditional Brazilian cocktail that is made with cachaça, sugar and lime.

Caipirinha cocktail ingredients

Did you know that the Caipirinha is the national cocktail of Brazil – who said that couldn’t be a thing? Fresh and bright, it’s known for its sweet lime taste and sugary punch. It’s also synonymous with Portuguese festivals like Lusito Landheld every Easter in Johannesburg.

If you’d like to know how to make the perfect caipirinha blend at home, follow our simple recipe.

PREP TIME: ± 5min

YIELDS: 1 serving


  • Muddler (or wooden spoon)


  • ½ lime cut into 4 wedges
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 tots (50ml) of cachaça (distilled spirit from sugarcane juice)
  • 1 cup of ice
  • Garnish: lime wheel


Place the lime and sugar into an old fashioned glass and muddle (gently bruise) the ingredients.

Now fill the glass with crushed ice, add the cachaça and stir briefly.


Garnish with a lime wheel over the glass edge.


Substitute the cachaça with rum or 1st Principles Organic Vodka for a unique taste.

The Caipirinha is best enjoyed while listening to David Carreira or an Ana Moura classic.


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