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    Brazil's national cocktail, so refreshing and delicious! Cachaca is a sugar cane liquor you can get at the bottle store.

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    Makes: 1 cocktail

    • 1/2 lime, cut into 4
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 70ml cachaca
    • ice cubes

    Preparation:5min  ›  Ready in:5min 

    1. Squeeze the lime segments into a glass and drop them in.
    2. Add sugar and muddle ingredients with a spoon. Pour in cachaca and add plenty of ice. Drink!

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    As a Brazilian myself, I prepare Caipirinha in a slightly different way: the ingredients are still the same (although you can substitute the cachaça for dark rum - it will then be called "Caipirissima"). You should crush the sliced lime (unpeeled, please!) and the sugar in a glass, mix in the cachaça (or rum) and a few ice cubes. As for the comments on using either limes or lemons, I can assure you that what is sold in the US as lime is exactly what Brazilians call "limão Tahiti". So, go with the lime!  -  10 Dec 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Being a Brazilian myself, I must say that our original recipe for Caipirinha takes lemon (Tahiti lemon), not lime. One more hint: I know this could be hard for you to find in the USA, but try using the artesanal Cachaça, not the industrial one. If you have more than a few drinks, the industrial Cachaça (Velho Barreiro, Ypioca, 51) will probably give you a headache and a hangover the next day. A good quality Cachaça (artesanal), won't! Cheers from Brazil!!!  -  04 Dec 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This drink is stunning, and believe me being brazilian myself I can assure you that caipirinha is made with lime and not lemon!!! Shame on the brazilians who said it's made with lemon  -  19 Dec 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)