Caipirinha - Brazil's national drink

This is the refreshing taste of a summer beach holiday in a glass.


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A refreshing citrus cocktail that packs a punch!

The taste of a summer beach holiday in a glass, all wrapped up and delivered with a bright citrus tang – that’s the Caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail.

So what’s in a Caipirinha? Rather than rum, which is the basis for a mojito, the mainstay of your Caipirinha is cachaça. Cachaça is distilled from fermented sugarcane juice and gives a spicy, sweet, fruity punch to your cocktail.

The history of cachaça dates back about 600 years and the spirit has evolved into a quality product and whilst it is associated first and foremost with the Caipirinha with the revival of the cocktail bar, bartenders and mixologists are getting more inventive, creating some amazing new cocktails using cachaça as the base.


  • Enjoy caipirinhas where they were first invented
  • Have a tipple at the beach or at sunset
  • Savour the flavour synonymous with summer holiday
  • Have a go at making your own caipirinha
  • Evoke the taste of Brazil, wherever you are
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Cachaça to Brazil is the same as tequila is to Mexico or vodka to Russia, it’s the country’s most popular spirit. Around 800 million litres are produced each year from small batch producers to large distillers.

How to make a caipirinha at home

Chop two limes into wedges and muddle them in a large jug with 6 tablespoons of caster sugar to release the lime juice. As it mixes with the sugar it will form a syrup.  Get rid of the lime peel and divide the syrup between four glasses with 50ml cachaça in each. Top the glass up with crushed ice and garnish with more lime wedges – et voila!

If you’ve already visited Brazil, this cocktail will instantly transport you back there, on a trip down memory lane – and if you haven’t, then there’s a wonderful treat in store for you.