Caipirinha is a cocktail native to Brazil. It is made with cachaça, which is a sweet Brazilian type of rum made from sugarcane juice. There are a lot of variations of caipirinha, as you can combine different seasonal fruits and add them to your cocktail (such as grapes, kiwifruit, lemon, lime, mango, tangerine, passion fruit or pineapple). Also, other variations consist of replacing the cachaça with other types of alcohol, such as regular white rum, vodka or even gin.
Although there are some similarities between caipininha and mojito (the usage of lime, sugar and ice), these two cocktails have also differences. For example, the alcoholic beverages are not the same. Also, mojito contains mint, whereas caipirinha does not contain any herb.
This is an easy recipe to prepare caipirinha:
1 lime, in wedges
2 tsp fine sugar
2 oz cachaça
crushed ice/ice cubes
Makes 1 cocktail
- Cut the lime into wedges. If you prefer, you can cut the lime into smaller pieces.
- In an old-fashioned glass, put the lime wedges and sugar.
- With a muddler, crush the lime with the sugar to mix well all the ingredients and release the juice.
- Fill the glass with crushed ice or with ice cubes.
- Add the cachaça.
- Stir well and serve.
Caipirinha vs. Mojito