Caipirinha—The Spirit of Brazil

This employs a liquor called cachaca, made with sugar cane juice, and yet it’s not rum! You can substitute white rum, and for a different taste, half a sweet, peeled tangerine.

Serves: 1Hands-on: 5 minutesTotal: 5 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 1


  • 1 small lime, cut in wedges
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 oz. cachaca or white rum
  • Ice cubes


  • Place lime wedges them in a glass, skin-side down; sprinkle with sugar.
  • Muddle the lime with a pestle to release the juice. Do not overdo this or the oil in the skin will make the drink bitter. Add the cachaca and ice cubes. Stir and serve.