Caipirinha Recipe

Fresh, tart, and boozy, a caipirinha feels like the tropics in a glass.

Vicky Wasik

Think of the caipirinha as the daiquiri's Brazilian cousin.

The basic trio of ingredients is the same, with both drinks made with fresh lime, sugar and sugarcane-based spirit. But while the daiquiri uses rum as its base—typically of the light, crisp Cuban style—the caipirinha uses rum's Brazilian relative, cachaça, which has a somewhat more rustic aroma and flavor. And while the daiquiri opts for tarting up the drink using only the juice of the lime, the caipirinha throws the whole shebang into the mix.

A relative novelty only a decade ago, the caipirinha is now ubiquitous across the country, and is one of the most popular drinks worldwide.

Recipe Facts

Active: 2 mins
Total: 2 mins
Serves: 1 serving

Rate & Comment


  • 2 ounces cachaça

  • 1/2 of a fresh lime, cut into quarters

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons superfine sugar


  1. Place the lime pieces and sugar in the cocktail shaker and crush with the muddler. Add cachaça and a handful of ice; shake well and pour, unstrained, into a rocks or old fashioned glass.

Special Equipment

Cocktail shaker, cocktail strainer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
156 Calories
0g Fat
8g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 156
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 14mg 68%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 54mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)