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Happy Hour: Caipirinha

A caipirinha (pronounced kai - preen - ya) is the national cocktail of Brazil, made with the national liquor Cachaça. Within the last ten years, caipirinha's popularity has grown tremendously thanks to the International Bartender Association's addition of it to their official cocktail list. Although it's not common in the majority of bars, there are a growing number of establishments where caipirinhas appear on the menu. The ingredients and drink making technique are similar to that of a mojito. To learn how it's made,


From Drink of the Week

2 oz. Cachaça
1 Lime
1 tsp. Sugar

  1. Cut the lime into 8 wedges and put in a rocks or old-fashioned glass.
  2. Add sugar. Muddle the lime and sugar together until they are well mixed.
  3. Fill the glass with crushed ice.
  4. Add Cachaca. Stir.
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Serves 1.

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catita85 catita85 9 years
I prefer caipiroska, which has vodka instead. My favourite drink! it´s sour and sweet at the best time. It has to be drunk slowly or it will go straight to your head.
HazeLiciouS HazeLiciouS 10 years
Never had one but looks tasty...but not a lot of bars have that drink over to take a sip.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
I remember when this drink was mentioned here a while back. Im still waiting for my chance to try one!
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 10 years
Looks delicious i never had one.
AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 10 years
Sounds delicious!
partysugar partysugar 10 years
Hotchickrules you can buy cachaca at this website.
hotchickrules hotchickrules 10 years
where can we get the cachaca?
bjf bjf 10 years
Does anyone know if the Cachaca liquor comes in a can? I had some Brazilian friends make me a drink with limes and a liquor that came in a can. I was wondering if they are the same.
PartySister PartySister 10 years
If you decide to make these be prepared to spend all night in the kitchen muddling limes for your friends who keep requesting more and more of these fabulous drinks. I prefer a caipiroska, which is the same recipe but with vodka. The best are in Brazil!
rb24 rb24 10 years
I love these I think they are much better than mojitos
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