Caipirinha Cocktail

The caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail. Serve this cocktail in an old-fashioned glass, preferably one that is narrow at the bottom and wide at the top, with a stirring stick. For variations, replace the lime with strawberries or passion fruit.

Serves: 1Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 10 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 1


  • 1 lime
  • 1 1⁄2 Tbsp. cane sugar or regular white sugar
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 oz. cachaça


  • Trim the ends off the lime. Slice the lime in half lengthwise. Remove the white pith and the seeds from the lime, and cut each half into 4 equal pieces.
  • Place the limes in the bottom of an old-fashioned glass. Add the sugar, and muddle the limes with the sugar using a pestle.
  • Add the ice cubes, slightly overfilling the glass.
  • Slowly pour the cachaça over the ice. Stir well, until the ice settles into the glass.