One of my favorite parts of traveling, is bringing home a souvenir in the form of a recipe! Chile had that amazing Pisco Sour, and Brazil introduced me to Caipirinhas!

Caipirinhas from (@whatsgabycookin)

(updating this recipe from the archives - my travels to Brazil took place almost 8 years ago and I'm just as obsessed with this recipe now as I was back then... )

I'm an equal opportunity cocktail drinker and these Caipirinhas are amazing. Made with Cachaça, these delish cocktails make an appearance on just about every Brazilian menu. Most are traditional Caipirinhas like the recipe I'm sharing below, and some are inventive Caipirinhas with jazzy fruits and flavors. Cachaça, made from sugarcane, is Brazils most popular form of hard liquor and today I'm bringing it stateside.

Inspired by the dozens of Caipirinhas I consumed while in Brazil a many years back, I wanted to introduce Thomas to this drink and share it with all you guys just in time for the weekend. I opted for a traditional Caipirinha made with Cachaça, freshly squeezed lime juice and sugar. I topped mine off with a splash of sparkling water to give it a bit of fizz!

These are the perfect way to ring in the weekend. I'll be whipping them up all weekend long and pretending I'm back on the beach in Brazil with my bikini, sunglasses and a coconut! Ah - I miss those days!


Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 1 vote
These Caipirinhas are a Brazilian specialty and one of my favorite cocktail discoveries from my travels!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Brazilian
Servings 2 servings


  • 2 limes, 1 juiced and 1 quartered
  • 4 teaspoons white sugar (super fine if you can find it)
  • 4 ounces cachaca
  • sparking water to top
  • crushed ice to serve


  • In a cocktail shaker, muddle together the quartered lime pieces and sugar. Muddle until all the juice is extracted from the limes and mixed with the sugar.
  • Add the cachaca, remaining juice from the other lime and some ice and secure the shaker lid and shake for 30 seconds.
  • Pour the liquid into 2 ice filled glasses and top with a splash of sparkling water.


Try different flavors of sparkling water for a new twist.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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  1. I don't know what I'm waiting for.... I've got limes, cachaca and sparkling soda in da house! except that now it's all I can think about and it's only 10a.... I love the idea of a signature drink when you travel, I think I'm gonna start that new tradition, and I'm down for some R&D too! yum!

  2. Your trip sounds amazing. I love going all regional with cocktails and food, but Brazil isn't one I usually *virtually* travel to. I actually have a bottle of Cachaca in the back of my liquor've inspired me to make Caipirinas with Brazilian fare this weekend!

  3. I agree you need to bring a signature cocktail back from you travels as this look amazing and refreshing!

  4. I loooooove a good Caipirinha. A few years ago I had one with slices of kumquat muddled with the lime. So yum.

  5. Oh my goodness caipirnhas bring me back to my time living in London! It's where I was introduced to this drink for the first time and it was love at first sip.

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