Drink Recipe:: Caipirinha

by Negronis Greg

Today we're going to talk about one of my favorite cocktails, the Caipirinha. This refreshing drink hails from Brazil and is made with just a few simple ingredients.

Origin Story: The Caipirinha's origins can be traced back to the early 20th century in Brazil, where it was originally used as a remedy for the common cold. It quickly became a popular drink among the working class, who used the locally produced cachaça (a spirit made from sugarcane) as its base.


  • 2 oz cachaça
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • Ice


  1. Muddle the lime quarters and sugar together in the bottom of a glass.
  2. Fill the glass with ice.
  3. Add the cachaça and stir well.
  4. Garnish with a lime wheel and enjoy!

Who makes them the best: While the Caipirinha is a simple cocktail, it's important to use high-quality cachaça and fresh limes to really make it shine. In Brazil, it's common to find street vendors making Caipirinhas on the spot, using fresh ingredients and a lot of love. If you're looking for a great Caipirinha in the US, head to The Aviary in Chicago, where they're known for their creative twists on classic cocktails.

In my opinion, the Caipirinha is best paired with light and fresh foods, such as ceviche or grilled seafood. The lime and sugar in the cocktail complement the flavors of the seafood perfectly, making for a delicious and refreshing meal.

So there you have it, the Caipirinha, a classic Brazilian cocktail that's perfect for any occasion. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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