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Cotswold Cocktail School - Caipirinha Cocktail Recipe

ABV 25% / 2.4 alcoholic units

Primary spirit: Cachaça

A Brief History of the Caipirinha

The Caipirinha finds its roots in the sugarcane plantations of Brazil, where laborers concocted simple yet flavorful drinks using the abundant sugarcane spirit, cachaça. The term "Caipirinha" itself is a diminutive form of "caipira," referring to someone from the countryside.

Over time, this humble and refreshing mixture of cachaça, lime, and sugar gained popularity beyond rural regions, evolving into a national treasure and a symbol of Brazilian conviviality.

Taste and Flavour Profile: The Caipirinha is a burst of citrusy and sweet flavours:

  • Cachaça Brilliance: At the heart of the Caipirinha is cachaça, a Brazilian spirit distilled from sugarcane. Its slightly sweet, grassy, and sometimes fruity notes form the backbone of the cocktail.
  • Lime Zing: Freshly muddled limes bring a zesty and citrusy brightness that balances the richness of cachaça, creating a harmonious and invigorating flavour profile.
  •  Sugar Sweetness: The addition of sugar provides a touch of sweetness, enhancing the overall balance and complexity of the cocktail.

The result is a drink that captures the essence of Brazil—a celebration in a glass with each sip delivering a burst of citrus, a hint of sweetness, and the distinctive character of cachaça.

Food Pairings:

  • Brazilian BBQ (Churrasco): The smoky flavours of grilled meats complement the Caipirinha's boldness.
  • Feijoada: Brazil's hearty black bean stew pairs well with the cocktail's citrusy brightness.
  • Ceviche: The Caipirinha's acidity enhances the freshness of this seafood dish.
  • Spicy Foods: Mexican, Thai, or Indian cuisines with spicy elements harmonise with the drink's vibrant flavours.

Bar Equipment

  • Mixing glass
  • Muddler
  • Rocks glass
  • Jigger


  • 60ml Cachaça
  • 1/2 a lime
  • 10ml sugar
  • Ice


  • Cut the 1/2 lime in 4 equal wedges
  • In the mixing glass muddle the lime with sugar making sure all the lime juice is extracted and sugar dissolved
  • Add ice to a rocks glass and pour over the sweet lime mixture including muddled limes
  • Add the  Cachaça to the mixing glass and swirl and rinse prior to adding to the rocks glass and lightly stir

What's the best Cachaça for a Caipirinha?

Selecting the best cachaça for a Caipirinha cocktail can be subjective, as it often depends on personal preferences and the availability of brands in your region. However, several well-regarded cachaça brands are known for their quality and are commonly recommended for crafting a delicious Caipirinha. Here are a few options to consider:

  • Leblon Cachaça: Known for its smooth and refined flavour profile. It's often described as having fruity and floral notes, making it an excellent choice for a Caipirinha with a slightly more sophisticated touch.
  • Avuá Prata Cachaça: Traditional artisanal cachaça with a clean and crisp taste. It boasts notes of sugarcane and a hint of tropical fruit, offering a well balanced foundation for a classic Caipirinha.
  • Sagatiba Pura Cachaça: Known for its versatility and mixability. It has a neutral flavor profile with a subtle sweetness, making it a popular choice for cocktails like the Caipirinha.
  • Yaguara Cachaça: Profile: Crafted using a blend of pot and column distillation. It has a complex flavour profile with hints of tropical fruit, citrus, and a touch of spice, adding depth to your Caipirinha.
  • Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça: An organic cachaça with a fresh and grassy character. Its vibrant and earthy notes make it a delightful choice for those seeking a Caipirinha with a natural and authentic taste.

When choosing a cachaça, consider your preference for flavor profiles—whether you prefer a more traditional, fruity, or neutral taste. Additionally, availability and budget are factors to consider. It's often a good idea to explore a few brands and find the one that aligns with your taste preferences. Ultimately, the best cachaça for your Caipirinha is the one that brings you the most enjoyment.

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