The Best Caipirinha!

Our classic Caipirinha recipe is the ONLY one you need. Just 3 simple ingredients and you’ll have a crisp and refreshing cocktail that rivals any restaurant!

Fresh Caipirinha presented in a metal tray

Seems that every year Paul and I pick a new “favorite” drink and this year’s happens to be Caipirinhas. Well, this obsession started about a year ago when we went to eat at Fogo de Chão (a Brazilian restaurant) and the love affair is still going strong! So it’s about time I share this recipe with you.

I have to give my hubby lots of credit since he helped me find the perfect combination between sugar & lime.

My version was kind of blah since I wasn’t putting enough sugar (afraid of the calories of course) and then he took over and kept adding sugar until it reached the perfect taste. After I tried his version I said screw the calories and just enjoyed it 🙂

Two glasses filled with limes, sugar and crushed ice.

So which version will you have? It doesn’t matter as long as you try it!

Ingredients

You really only need three ingredients to make a pretty darn tasty Caipirinha! We’re using real sugar instead of simple syrup as crushing the lime with the sugar is crucial for this recipe. (see below for the skinny version that will still work for this recipe)

  • 1.5 ounces 1 standard shot of Cachaça
  • 1/2 lime – unpeeled cut into quarts
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons of refined sugar
  • Lots of crushed ice
cut limes and sugar inside the 3 glasses

Make it “skinny”

In order to enjoy my Caipirinhas year round, I smartened up and made a skinny simple syrup . I used Truvia as I feel it’s the non-calorie sweetener with the least “aftertaste”. But you’re more than welcome to use your preferred non-calorie sweetener.

If you would like to shave off some calories try substituting real sugar with my skinny simple syrup .  You can make this ahead of time and have it ready to enjoy cocktails at any time.

How to make Caipirinhas

Making Caipirinhas at home is actually easier than making Margaritas! Since there is no lime juice to squeeze, the process of making this brazilian drink is easy peasy!

  • Add the lime and the sugar in a cocktail glass
  • Using a pestle (from a mortar) or the back of a spoon, muddle the sugar and lime until all the juice from is squeezed out.
  • Fill the glass with crushed ice
  • Add the Cachaca and stir well until all the sugar has dissolved
  • Enjoy!
Caipirinha served with crushed ice and limes scattered around.

Caipirinha (Regular & Skinny Version)

Servings 1 glass
Ana Frias
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
This Caipirinha recipe is the ONLY one you need. With 3 simple ingredients you’ll have a refreshing cocktail that rivals any restaurant.
1 glass

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 ounces 1 standard shot of Cachaça
  • 1/2 lime – unpeeled cut into quarts
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons of refined sugar or 1 shot of Skinny Simple Syrup depending how sweet you like it
  • Lots of crushed ice

Instructions
 

  • Add the lime and the sugar in a cocktail glass
  • Using a pestle (from a mortar) or the back of a spoon, muddle the sugar and lime until all the juice from is squeezed out.
  • Fill the glass with crushed ice
  • Add the Cachaca and stir well until all the sugar has dissolved
  • Enjoy!

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NUTRITION

Serving: 1cocktail | Sodium: 2mg | Sugar: 18g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Calories: 175kcal | Fat: 1g | Protein: 1g

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Caipirinha served with crushed ice and limes scattered around.

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