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The Caipirinha from Brazil

11:00 AM on August 5, 2016

CaipirinhaAlthough the Caipirinha has been well known for some time in New York and Miami, the cocktail's popularity is growing with the international attention Brazil has been receiving as host of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. The Caipirinha is Brazil's official national drink—in fact, the drink is so official that in 2008 the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture published a decree outlining the criteria by which a cocktail might earn the right to call itself a Caipirinha.  

There are only three ingredients (four if you count ice) in the Caipirinha and as long as you don’t skimp on their quality, the only way you can go wrong is by not washing the lime properly.

We recommend mixing up a batch to celebrate the Opening Ceremony on August 5th! 



1 lime
2 oz. cachaça
Sugar to taste
Ice cubes

Wash the lime thoroughly and roll it on a board to loosen the juices. Cut the lime into 8 pieces and place them in a glass. Sprinkle with the sugar and crush the pieces (pulp side up) with a pestle (long wooden spoon) just enough to release the juice—crush the lime too much and the drink gets bitter. Add the cachaça and stir. Add the ice and stir again.


Learn more about cocktails from South America


Do you know of other interesting drink recipes or stories from other countries that you would like to share with the HBC Community?  Please submit them here. The best stories and recipes will reference your name and establishment as the one who brought it to our attention. A little national or international recognition and publicity can be good for business.

Topics: Cocktails, Brazil, Featured, Feature, Beverage, lime, Caipirinha, Olympics

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