How to Make the Caipirinha

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September 13th is National Caipirinha day, one of our favorite alcoholidays and if you’ve never heard of it or had one we’re going to end that tragedy today by showing you how to make the perfect one. If You haven’t seen me mention it before, Caipirinha is my favorite cocktail. It knocked over the Tom Collins sometime back in 2010 or 2011 and I’ve been ordering it ever since. It’s the national drink of Brazil, and uses a spirit called Cachaca, a sugar cane liquor that many associate with rum, but it’s not rum, it’s Cachaca! Don’t let the name fool you, it’s simple to make and finding a bottle isn’t nearly as hard as it use to be. Leblon, or Cachaca 51 tend to be everywhere so grab a bottle and give this one a try…

The Perfect Caipirinha

  • 2 oz Cachaca
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 Lime
  • Muddler
  • Ice

Get a good sized lime, and cut in half length wise. Slice that half into 4 wedges, and place in a rocks glass. Next add in 2 tablespoons of sugar, and muddle releasing the juices of the fresh lime. Now add ice and pour 2 oz’s of cachaca over the ice. Now add it into a shaker, shake, and pour back into a fresh rocks glass. Serve



Alex is a full time consultant with 10+ years experience in the wine & spirits + consumer packaged goods industries. He is not a professional bartender, but is BarSmarts certified and makes a mean caipirinha. When not writing, Alex can be found traveling, spending time with his family, or bar hopping.

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