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  • Caipirinha
  • 4 Lime Wedges, Cut in Half to Make 8 Segments
  • 1 ½ Packets of Raw Sugar
  • Muddle These… Then Add
  • 2 ounce Cachaca
  • Over ice in a rocks serving glass
  • Lime Wedge Garnish


The Caipirinha Cocktail is the nation drink of Brazil! It is made with fresh lime segments, sugar and cachaca. Cachaca is not a rum! It is similar, however the difference is that cachaca is is made with the fresh pressed juice from sugar cane, then fermented to make cachaca. Rum is usually made with the fermented by-products of sugar production, like molasses.

The word caipirinha is the diminutive version of the word caipira, which refers to someone from the countryside, being an almost exact equivalent of the American English, slang term: hillbilly. This cocktail is wildly popular in Brazil. A couple of variations, though not quite as popular are the Caipiroska, which is made with  vodka substituted for cachaça, and the Caipiríssima is a caipirinha made with rum instead of cachaça.

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