How to make a caipirinha


A trio of caipirinhas – passion fruit, lime (regular) and strawberry – at Barzin in Ipanema.


It’s Brazil’s national cocktail: a wicked mix of lime, sugar, cachaça (sugar cane liquor) and lots of ice. I remember my first trip to Brazil in 1998 when I went on a sailing trip near Rio de Janeiro. I was one of three foreigners on the boat and we had a blast, all thanks to two quintessential Brazilian products: caipirinha and the samba! We drank, sang and danced till sunset. I couldn’t stop dancing, even after the samba band stopped playing – the caipirinha had me firmly in its grip. Haha! It’s one experience I won’t easily forget.

On my last trip to Foz de Iguaçu in Brazil, I was shown how this famous cocktail is made. And really, it’s dead easy. Watch and learn:

There’s something about cocktails that taste like lemonade – you can never tell how many you’ve had. I must’ve had quite a few because at the end of the day, I was convinced I knew the words to Brazil’s national anthem! Good thing there wasn’t a samba band anywhere around. Haha! 😉

Note: A big thank you goes to Loumar Turismo, the premier tour operator to the Iguassu Falls, and Hotel Bella Italia for hosting me in Foz do Iguaçu.

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9 Responses to “How to make a caipirinha”

  1. Adam 11/05/2014 7:50 am

    Wish I were enjoying this tipple on Copacabana between World Cup matches this year, but such is life … I’ll be down there within the next year anyway, so no worries!

  2. Global Nomads 10/06/2013 7:28 am

    We had those 8 years ago in Fortaleza. It was weird. Just one drink and we were wasted. After a few more we could hardly walk. We suspected that they were spiked but the same happened multiple times in different bars. No more caipirinha for us.

  3. Keith Jenkins 13/03/2013 4:20 pm

    Haha! No better place to have the perfect caipirinha than in Brazil! 🙂

    Cheers Flavio!

  4. Flavio Longato 13/03/2013 4:19 pm

    O how I love Caipirinha, its so hard to find bars which serve good Caipirinha, especially here in Switzerland. Guess I need to go back to Brazil than hehe,

    Thanks for sharing

  5. rob hermans 05/03/2013 10:10 pm

    okee, it’s a deal. I’ll bring the cookies, you’ll serve the Caipi’s!

  6. Simon 28/02/2013 9:30 pm

    Spent six months in Brazil teaching ESL. Fantastic place to visit! Great drinks too 😉

  7. Atika Quraishi 26/02/2013 2:34 pm

    superb mix.. i have decided to try it on my next party..

  8. MindfulTravel 21/02/2013 4:30 pm

    I love Brazil! And when I was there, bazilian also showed me how to make a caipirinha. So amazing! but very strong! 😉


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