Caipirinha cocktail is a famous thirst-quenching drink made of lime, sugar, ice, and a rum-like spirit, cachaça. It's Brazil's national cocktail... cheers to that!
Just like Mexico with its Margarita and Cuba with its Mojito, Brazil also has a national cocktail drink: Caipirinha!
Table of Contents
- 1 CAIPIRINHA RECIPE
- 2 WHAT'S THIS COCKTAIL MADE OF?
- 3 'CAIPIRINHA' MEANING AND PRONUNCIATION
- 4 INGREDIENTS
- 5 HOW TO MAKE CAIPIRINHA
- 6 DISHES THAT PAIR WELL WITH THIS CAIPIRINHA DRINK
- 7 CAIPIRINHA VARIATIONS
- 8 CAN I MAKE CAIPIRINHA COCKTAIL WITH RUM OR VODKA?
- 9 WHAT TYPE OF SUGAR?
- 10 CAN YOU MAKE IT WITH OTHER FRUITS?
- 11 OTHER COCKTAIL RECIPES:
- 12 Caipirinha Cocktail
This recipe is quite quick and easy to make.
It calls for mashing lime wedges with sugar using a pestle. This releases the lime oils and juices.
Then, fill the glass with ice and cachaça, a white rum-like spirit.
It is a refreshing fragrant cocktail drink, served all year round in Brazil.
WHAT'S THIS COCKTAIL MADE OF?
Caipirinha cockctail is made of mashed lime and sugar, ice, and a shot of cachaça.
Just like white rum, cachaça is a sugarcane-derived product, but it has a stronger flavor and aroma because its distillation process retains more impurities.
'CAIPIRINHA' MEANING AND PRONUNCIATION
Caipirinha is the diminutive of caipira, which means "hillbilly". But the cocktail is most referred to as a ‘little countryside drink’ rather than the class of person.
In fact, its origin is still not certain yet related to cachaça.
To make caipirinha cocktail, you'll need"
- 1 lime, quartered
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoon cachaça (or white rum if you prefer)
HOW TO MAKE CAIPIRINHA
- To make this caipirinha recipe, first, add lime and sugar to a small glass.
- Then, mash them together using a pestle, muddler, or a wooden spoon. Lastly, fill the glass with ice and add the cachaça.
DISHES THAT PAIR WELL WITH THIS CAIPIRINHA DRINK
One thing I know, caipirinha cocktail is perfect to accompany feijoada (black bean and pork stew)– Brazil’s national dish.
Caipirinha is such a big thing in Brazil that it is widely available in restaurants, bars, and many households… As well as its variations!
Oh, yeah! There are many variations of caipirinha cocktail as follows:
- Caipifruta – made of cachaça, crushed fresh fruits, sugar, and crushed ice. The usual fruits used are kiwi, passion fruit, lemon, grapes, mango, cajá, cashew fruit, açaí, pomegranate caipirinha, tomato basil caipirinha, and strawberry caipirinha.
- Caipisake – it takes sake instead of cachaça. Berries or kiwi are the most used.
- Caipiroska or Caipivodka – made with vodka instead of cachaça.
- Caipiríssima – prepared with rum instead of cachaça.
- Caipirão – made using a liqueur from Portugal, Licor Beirão, instead of cachaça.
- CaipirItaly – Campari, from Italy, subs cachaça.
- Caipinheger – made using Steinhager.
Because I do not drink, mine is made with crushed fruit(s), sugar substitute, crushed ice, and sparkling water. It is the light and virgin version of the drink.
CAN I MAKE CAIPIRINHA COCKTAIL WITH RUM OR VODKA?
If you don't find cachaça, use vodka or white rum. All 3 have a similar ABV.
WHAT TYPE OF SUGAR?
The traditional caipirinha recipe takes white sugar but you can use almost any sugar substitute.
CAN YOU MAKE IT WITH OTHER FRUITS?
Yes, you can replace lime with almost any fruit.
OTHER COCKTAIL RECIPES:
- Peach Michelada
- Frozen Pineapple Margarita
- Creamy Pineapple Coconut Cocktail (Batida de Abacaxi com Coco)
- Cranberry Cocktail
- Champagne cocktail
- Christmas mulled wine recipe
- Zombie cocktail
- 1 muddler
- 1 glass
- 1 lime quartered
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (or brown if desired)
- ice cubes
- 3 tablespoons cachaça or white rum as a substitute
- Place lime and sugar into a small glass. Mash the two ingredients together using a pastle, muddler or a wooden spoon. Fill the glass with ice and add the cachaça.
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