The Best Way to Make Brazilian Caipirinhas

This easy Brazilian Caipirinha recipe makes a refreshing and delicious cocktail, with limes, sugar, Cachaça liquor and ice. Give this national cocktail of Brazil a try!

Watch the World Cup in style with a homemade Brazilian Caipirinha!

How to make a Brazilian Caipirinha, the RIGHT way.

It seems like everyone I know became a soccer fan overnight. I think there’s just something about rooting for your home team in an event which only happens once every four years.

It’s just like the Olympics; I don’t typically spend my down time watching curling, figure skating, or bobsled racing, but you can bet that I’ll watch during the Olympics so I can root for team USA!

As Brazil is hosting the 2014 World Cup, I thought I’d share the best caipirinha recipe, since it is the Brazilian national cocktail. Caipirinhas are made with Cachaça, which is the most popular distilled spirit in Brazil (and tastes somewhat similar to rum).

Quest for the Perfect Capirinha

We had lots (and lots) of Caipirinhas while we were in Brazil. Sadly, I’ve yet to find a bartender anywhere else in the world who can make one (the right way).

Here’s a short list of places where I’ve tried Caipirinhas:

  • Hipster bars
  • Our hotel bar in Athens
  • A Brazilian restaurant downtown
  • An airport bar in either Houston or Philadelphia (I can’t remember which)

Every single one tasted completely nasty.

For a cocktail with only three ingredients, you’d think it wouldn’t be so hard to learn how to make a caipirinha. Except that it actually isn’t hard to make. In fact, it’s super easy.

I think the problem is that most bartenders just haven’t had a proper one so they don’t know what the end result should taste like.

Here’s a hint: it shouldn’t taste nasty. If it tastes bad, you’re not doing it right.


Okay, so, let me run you through the steps to making the best Caipirinha of your life:

  1. Cut up a lime and put it in a glass.
  2. Add brown sugar.
  3. Muddle.
  4.  Pour in some Cachaça.
  5. Add ice.

I’m going to show you the right way to do each of these steps through the use of PICTURES!

Step one: Notice how the lime is cut into teeny tiny pieces.

How to make a Brazilian Caipirinha, the RIGHT way.

Step two: Brown sugar. Two heaping tablespoons should do.

How to make a Brazilian Caipirinha, the RIGHT way.

Step three: Muddle like you’ve never muddled before. Muddle the living heck out of those limes, then muddle some more.

How to make a Brazilian Caipirinha, the RIGHT way.

Muddle until no sugar grains remain and you’re left with a beautiful caramel-colored syrup.

I picked up my muddler while we were in Brazil – but I’ve had my eye on this one for quite some time.

How to make a Brazilian Caipirinha, the RIGHT way.

Step four: Add three ounces of Cachaça. Yes, you heard me right. You’re going to want to sip this.

How to make a Brazilian Caipirinha, the RIGHT way.

Step five: Stuff as many ice cubes as you possible can into that glass. Brazilians are sticklers about keeping their drinks cold, probably because it can get hot as you-know-what down there.

Also, as the ice melts it will dilute the drink a little bit which you might appreciate if you are sensitive to strong drinks.

How to make a Brazilian Caipirinha, the RIGHT way.

That’s it! Easy, right?

Now just sit back, relax, and enjoy watching the World Cup in true Brazilian style!

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A clear glass with Brazilian Caipirinha.

The Best Way to Make Brazilian Caipirinha Recipe

Bring the Brazilian breeze to your home with our easy-to-make Brazilian Caipirinha cocktail. It features the bold flavors of lime, sugar, and Cachaça, for an unforgettable tropical indulgence.
4.6 from 68 votes
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Course: Beverages
Cuisine: Brazilian
Diet: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 268kcal
Author: Linda
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  • 1 lime - cut into small pieces
  • 2 heaping tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 ounces Cachaça
  • 1 cup ice
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  • Place the lime pieces in a glass. Add the brown sugar and muddle until completely dissolved into a syrup.
  • Add cachaça, stir, then top with ice.


You may want to call ahead to your liquor store to make sure they have cachaça. If they don't, they should be able to direct you to a store that supplies it!
The Brazilian Caipirinha is best enjoyed fresh and doesn't store well due to its fresh ingredients.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Please note that caipirinha recipe is often misspelled many different ways as: caiprinha recipe, caipirina recipe, caprinha recipe, caiparinha recipe, caparinha recipe, caprihana recipe, caipirnha recipe, caprinia recipe, caprihina recipe, caipirinia recipe, capirina recipe, caipirinha recipe, caiparina recipe, capirinhas recipe, caipirihna recipe, and capirinia recipe.  Wow!  That is a lot!

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  1. Your pictures were extremely helpful. Otherwise—even though the recipe is simple as you mentioned—I wouldn’t have had a clue how to make it properly. Thank you.

  2. I spent four years of my childhood in Brazil… and I think it’s high time to introduce the caipirinha into my rotation of cocktails. Had a fantastic one at a World Cup party on Saturday (hosted by someone who lived in Brazil). I do love your step-by-step instructions – should be easy to get it just right. Thankfully, there is still lots of great World Cup action to celebrate!

  3. Thank you!!! These are seriously my all time favorite drink! I always order them when we go out, so delicious. Cannot wait to make them this weekend girl! 🙂 Pinned1

  4. I love Caipirinhas. When I went to school in Amsterdam we had a Brazilian bar right next door to our dorm that made awesome ones. Will definitely try your recipe!