Caipirinha Cocktail Recipe

The Caipirinha cocktail is a refreshing summertime cocktail that you can easily mix with just three ingredients: cachaça (a sugarcane-based distilled spirit), lime, and Sugar. It is a muddled daiquiri, but the brightness of the muddled limes and the cachaça give it a unique flavor. And the good thing is that you can easily make this delicious at home with our guidelines below!

The history of the Caipirinha is related to the history of cachaça, which dates back to the 16th century in Brazil. At that time, sugarcane cultivation and distillation techniques first appeared. 

Caipirinha originated from a medicinal drink that sugarcane workers drank in the early 19th century. The glass is a mixture of cachaça, lime, garlic, and honey, which can help prevent illness. Over time, people adjust recipes that add lime, sugar, and ice to make it a more savory and enjoyable cocktail.

“Caipirinha” is derived from “caipira“, in Brazil, it describes those who come from the countryside or a rural area because the cocktail is associated with the working class. Since the early 20th century, Caipirinha has gained popularity in Brazil and gradually spread worldwide with an attractive taste of tropical and citrus flavors. The Caipirinha is now a symbol of Brazilian culture that encompasses Brazil’s vibrant culture and the country’s rich history of cachaça production. 

Caipirinha Cocktail Recipe

Caipirinha Cocktail Recipe

Caipirinha Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 1 drink


  • Muddler
  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Jigger


  • 2 ounces Cachaça 60 ml
  • 3/4 Fresh Lime
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar
  • Ice cubes


  • Cut the lime into eighths.
  • Add 3/4 of the lime and Sugar to your old-fashioned glass.
    3/4 Fresh Lime, 2 teaspoons Sugar
  • Use a muddler to crush until Sugar and lime juice mix well gently. Press down to release the lime juice and oils.
  • Fill the glass with ice for about two-thirds full.
    Ice cubes
  • Pour cachaça into the glass. One Caipirinha typically contains 2 ounces (60 ml) of cachaça.
    2 ounces Cachaça
  • Gently stir the mixture with a spoon.
  • Garnish the cocktail with a lime wheel or slice, if desired.



Pro Tips for Success:

  • Choose the Cachaça with good quality made from sugarcane juice instead of molasses. The good ones can give a smoother texture and a more flavorful taste.
  • Use fresh, ripe limes for the best flavor and aroma.
  • Balance the amount of Sugar to suit your taste. Start with 2 teaspoons and increase if needed. The sweetness should balance the lime's tartness.
  • Do not over-muddle because it can create bitter compounds from the lime peel.
Keyword Caipirinha Cocktail Recipe

How does Caipirinha Cocktail taste? 

The Caipirinha cocktail is a harmonious, sweet, tart, and slightly bitter balance. The predominant flavor is fresh limes, a citrusy punch with tangy and aromatic notes. Sugar’s sweetness balances the lime’s tartness, which complements the lime flavor without overpowering it. Cachaça, the drink’s base spirit with a slightly grassy and earthy note, adds warmth and complexity. These ingredients create a refreshing and thirst-quenching drink, perfect for hot weather.

What’s the difference between a mojito and a caipirinha?

The Mojito and Caipirinha are summer cocktails with the refreshing quality of a citrusy element. Still, they offer distinct flavor profiles based on their base spirits and ingredients. Take a look at the difference between a Mojito and a Caipirinha with the table below:

Criteriaa Mojitoa Caipirinha
Base spirit White rumCachaça (sugarcane spirit)
Flavor profileThe bright and aromatic flavor of fresh mint leaves, refreshing, citrusy, and sweetCitrusy, sweet, and slightly grassy and earthy notes
IngredientsWhite rum, fresh mint leaves, lime juice, sugar, soda waterCachaça, fresh lime, sugar, ice
SweetnessSugar and soda waterSugar

A Caipirinha has a vibrant and well-balanced flavor profile of the cachaça’s unique qualities and lime’s citrus freshness, giving you a delightful drinking experience. Remember that the Caipirinh can adjust the recipe to suit your taste. A well-made drink is the perfect balance of flavors with a vibrant and refreshing taste that will enchant you at the first sip.