Caipirinha (pronounced kai-purr-REEN-yah) is about to become a new favorite cocktail once you try it! The national drink in Brazil, this refreshing cocktail is incredibly simple to make, delicious and unlike any other drink you have had! An authentic Caipirinha recipe from a native Brazilian, this cocktail recipe is as close as you can get to the real deal!
Commonly found in Brazil whether in the bars or served on the beaches alone or with pao de queijo– Brazilian cheese bread balls; there is a reason this drink is so famous in Brazil! The magic ingredient; cachaça (kah-SHAH-sa). Cachaça is a white rum made from sugar cane. It is what makes this drink so good!
Depending on where you live, you may be able to get it at your local liquor store. Otherwise, look online! I’ve always brought it back from Brazil with me when I travel there. However, handy-hubby is a native Brazilian and I recently ordered a couple of bottles of this brand to give it a try. It tasted great! Plus it shipped to Montana!!!
Although I would strongly recommend trying this out with the cachaça as it is what makes this drink so good and different than any cocktail you have tasted, it can also be made with vodka. In that case, it is called a Caipivodka.
While it is traditionally made with limes, there are several common variations on this drink. Some include Morango- Strawberry, Kiwi, or Maracuja-Passion Fruit. So if you are looking to try the traditional Brazilian caipirinha, then you want to try this recipe! But if you want to try a little twist on the traditional Caipirinha, then keep reading for my new favorite cocktail recipe!
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Ingredients for this recipe:
What you need for this recipe:
- strawberry huller
- metal cocktail straws
How to make a Brazilian strawberry caipirinha
Step 1: Cut tops off strawberries
Time to take the green stems off all seven of your strawberries. I love using this little gadget that allows me to remove the stems but leave the most amount of fruit!
Throw five of your strawberries into your blender and chop the remaining two into even, smaller pieces and set them aside.
Step 2: Blend
Combine your single shot of cacacha with the five strawberries in your blender. Blend for just a few seconds until you are left with a smoothie type consistancy.
I have this Ninja blender and love utilizing the single-cup option for this recipe. You aren’t blending much, and so the smaller size is quick to use and requires less cleanup than the full blender ;).
Step 3: Add sugar and diced strawberries
Pour your strawberry mixture into your cup. Add 1 Tablespoon of sugar to the mixture along with your diced strawberries and stir.
Step 4: Add ice cubes
Add 7 ice cubes to your glass and stir once more to ensure that the sugar is mixed well.
Step 6: Add water
Top off the rest of your glass with a little bit of water.
Step 7: Serve and enjoy
Using a metal cocktail straw like this, gently stir and mix one final time. There are two versions of these metal cocktail straws I like! Both are the perfect height for any cocktail drink. One is completely straight like this. Or if you like a bend in your straw, then this one is perfect!
- 5 strawberries (whole)
- 2 strawberries (diced)
- 1 shot cachaca Leblon
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 7 ice cubes
- Cut off strawberry tops: Remove the green tops from all your strawberries.
- Dice: Evenly cut up two of the strawberries. Toss the remaining five whole strawberries into your smoothie blender.
- Blend: Pour one shot of cachaca over your strawberries and blend for several seconds. You should be left with smoothie-like consistency.
- Add sugar and diced strawberries: Pour your strawberry mixture into your glass. Add in your diced strawberries and 1 Tablespoon of sugar. Mix.
- Add ice cubes: Add your ice cubes to your glass.
- Add water: Add a little cold water to top off your glass.
- Serve and enjoy: grab your favorite cocktail straw, mix, and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy Brazil’s National drink as much as we do! Make sure to let me know what you think in the comments below 😉