Considered the national cocktail of Brazil and was not widely known until the availability of first rate brands of cachaça outside of Brazil. This drink was thought to originate from the landowning farmers as a local drink for parties and events. In the absence of cachaça, vodka can be used, making a Caipiroska (see recipe notes).

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Servings 1
Calories 182
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins

Equipment Suggestions

old fashioned cocktail glass


  • 2 ounces cachaça
  • 2-4 teaspoons superfine (caster) sugar, 'super fine' granulated sugar can be made with a blender or food processor.
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges and seeds removed
  • ice


  • Slice a line along wedge edges and remove seeds. Add to glass with sugar. Begin with 2 teaspoons and adjust for sweetness as needed. Some cachaças are sweeter than others, so sugar may need to be adjusted anyway. Use a muddler to 'mash' sugar and lime, releasing juice and oils of limes.
    1 lime, cut into wedges and seeds removed
    2-4 teaspoons superfine (caster) sugar
  • Add ice to glass then cachaça and stir well. Salut!
    2 ounces cachaça


Though not traditional, can substitute 1/2 to 2/3 ounces agave syrup in place of the superfine sugar.
No cachaça? No problem.  Can substitute with a good white rum.
For Caipiroska cocktail: Use vodka in place of  cachaça and turbinado sugar in place of superfine sugar for muddling lime.



Serving: 1 g | Calories: 182 kcal | Carbohydrates: 15 g | Protein: 1 g | Fat: 1 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Sodium: 2 mg | Potassium: 70 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 9 g | Vitamin A: 34 IU | Vitamin C: 20 mg | Calcium: 22 mg | Iron: 1 mg
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