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Caipirinha Original or With Fruit


  • 2teaspoons granulated sugar, adding more if ya like it sweeter
  • 1lime (8 Wedges)
  • 2 1⁄2ounces cachaca (kah-SHAH-sah)
  • 8berries (optional)
  • 1 -2tablespoon mango (optional)
  • 1 -2tablespoon pineapple (optional)


  • Place the lime pieces, pulp side up, in the bottom of an old fashioned glass or heavy tumbler.
  • Add sugar to taste and crush the lime and sugar together with a pestle or the end of a wooden spoon (be sure to crush the pieces pulp side up or too much bitter lime oil will be released from the zest).
  • Add the cachaca, stir to mix and add lots of ice cubes.
  • Stir well again and serve.
  • Optional: Shake all ingredients in a shaker till very well chilled.
  • Optional: Add your choice of fruit to the lime to be muddled or in the shaker.


  • HeartInSF

    fabulous!!! the perfect summer drink 🙂 makes you feel like you’re on a tropical beach even if you can’t be there. i like mine strong, so 2 tsp of sugar is perfect…what’s great is that you can easily adjust this to your tastes! thank you for the recipe!

  • FLKeysJen

    My seven-day trip to Rio turned into a six day trip since Day #2 was spent in bed with a pounding headache after too many of these! Yet, they are so good that I was drinking them again the third day! There’s nothing like the fresh citrusy taste, and despite the power of the alcohol, they go down easy. Plus I think they were only $1-2 which included the “show” watching them made to order for you on the beach. What a treat to have one at home! Most people will want more than two teaspoons of sugar. Made for the Zaar World Tour.

  • Jostlori

    Rita, thank you for one MORE great cocktail recipe! You're gonna think I'm a lush… Made this as written but without the fruit. It's exactly how I remembered my first Caipirinha, which I had on a business trip while sitting at the bar at "Larios on the Beach" in South Beach. They go down so nice and easy, but soooo strong. The bartender almost had to walk me back to my hotel… LOL! But I digress… this drink was amazing and was the perfect complement to a warm and muggy sunset.

  • Kim127

    To tell you the truth, I wasn’t really expecting to like this drink, as I had one drink with cachaca before and didn’t care for it. Let me tell you, I was wrong! Loved it! I don’t know if it was the sugar or the lime (but probably the lime), but I so enjoyed this. Nice and refreshing in the 90 degree weather we’ve been having. This is what I will be using my bottle of cachaca for!! LOL Made for ZWT-7

  • Boomette

    wow this is good. I used dark brown sugar like you mentionned. Thanks Meli. Made for Beverage tag.

  • sassafrasnanc

    I’m loving these caipirinha’s! This is my third different one that I’ve tried while travelling through South America with the Babes on ZWT4. The cachaca is a wonderful drink to work with. These are a perfect blend of tart and alcohol and a bit of sweetness. YUMMY! Thanks Rita

  • Sooz Cooks

    This drink is so delicious! I loved how simple yet fresh tasting it was with just the sugar lime and cachaca. I did have to make 2 versions because of the low carb side of the family and used 2 packets of Splenda instead of the sugar. Both were fantastic! Thanks again Rita for posting another great recipe!

  • St. Louie Suzie

    Oh, yeah, baby! So good! I do like mine with 3 tsp. sugar. I use the superfine sugar and it muddles very nicely with the limes. Thanks for posting!

  • chia

    this is one of my favorite drinks! i have to special order the cachaca , the brand name is pitu, but it is well worth it, this is refreshing and potent. the trick is to mash the sugar into the lime with a spoon, add the cachaca and then add the ice and lots of it.

  • Vanja77

    Very nice and fresh. I like this best with crushed ice though, or i add a bit of club soda to make it less strong when i can’t crush my ice. Made for the Tastebud Tickling Travellers, ZWT4