Caipirinha: Cachaça Cocktail


What does Caipirinha taste like?

Caipirinha the traditional Brazilian beverage is produced from a lime and sugar mixture with the addition of cachaça and crushed ice. The alcohol cachaça, pronounced cah-cha-za, is produced from fermented sugar cane. It sometimes goes by the names pigna or caninha.The flavour of the caipirinha is mostly derived from its two key components: limes and sugarcane Cachaca, which combine citrus and spicy flavours. It is similar to a Mojito but has more heat and no mint.

The name Caipirinha literally translates to “country little girl.” The setting of this cocktail’s tale is a Sao Paulo neighbourhood. In the 19th century, a concoction of honey, cachaça, lime, and garlic was frequently consumed to ward off the Spanish flu.
With time, a type of medical beverage that omitted the garlic and contained sugar gained popularity. This beverage is currently one of the most well-known in the world.

What kind of alcohol is cachaça?

A distilled spirit known as cachaça is created from fermented sugarcane juice. It is the most widely consumed distilled alcoholic beverage in Brazil and is also known as pinga, caninha, and other names. Brazilian authorities define cachaça as a spirit with between 38 and 54 percent alcohol by volume that is distilled from fermented sugarcane juice.

The majority of cachaça produced in Brazil—99%—remains in Brazil! The majority of the spirit’s annual production—about 85 million cases—is consumed in Brazil.

The Caipirinha Law determines what can officially be called a caipirinha cocktail.
On June 12, Cachaça celebrates its national day. The Portuguese felt concerned by its rising popularity and on June 12, 1744, they outlawed the consumption of the liquor.



60 ml cachaça

1/2 lime

2 tsp sugar


  • Slice the lime into 1/2-inch rounds, cube them, and muddle them in an Old-Fashioned glass with the sugar.
  • Add a couple of ice cubes.
  • Pour in the cachaça.
  • Serve with a stirring rod.

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