Classic Cocktails Every Bartender Should Know: Caipirinha

Native to Brazil, the Caipirinha is the nation cocktail of the South American nation. Made with Cachaça, a brazilian style of rum, this cocktail’s origins stretch back to 1918 in São Paulo, Brazil.

This simple but incredibly delicious concoction has been used to treat the Spanish Flu and put smiles on the faces of people from Brazil and around the world.

The original recipe included honey and garlic, later those removed and then sugar was added to reduce the acidity of the lime. Later they added ice and today you have a cocktail featuring just Cachaça, sugar, limes and crushed ice. Refreshing and easy to make.

The Recipe: Caipirinha


  • 2 oz – Cachaça
  • 1/2 oz – Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 oz – Cane Syrup (Simple Syrup or Sugar Cube)
  • 1 Whole Lime (quartered)
  • Crushed Ice

Tools and Glassware:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Muddler

How to prepare the drink:

To get started, take a cocktail glass and add an ounce of simple syrup. Next, squeeze the lime wedges into the glass and drop them into the glass afterwards. Muddle the lime and sugar together. 

After the muddling of the lime and the sugar, add crushed ice and fill the glass. Then top off with the two ounces of Cachaça. That’s it. No shaking, no extra ingredients. That is a classic Caipirinha!

Originally published on DCXIV