The Caipirinha

About the Caipirinha

Yes we classified Cachaça as a rum. Yes we know it’s not Rum, its made from fermented sugarcane juices not molasses. We get it. That being said, the Caipirinha is the national drink of Brazil, and is IMMENSELY popular. Although by definition the Caipirinha is a slightly different version of the Mojito, the taste of the Caipirinha is thought to be much sweeter. The Caipirinha is yet another cocktail originally designed to be a medicine, this time to fight the Spanish Flu. After ingredients were removed such as honey and garlic, and replaced with sugar the Caipirinha stuck. Thought to be born in the early 1900s in São Paulo, Brazil; the Caipirinha is becoming widely popular in recent years due to more brands of Cachaça being available internationally. Try this exotic cocktail to please your tastebuds and those of your guests!

Empire Tip: Cachaça is a fermented sugar cane product, in contrast to rum which is made from molasses or other refinery by-products.


Ingredients in the Caipirinha

  • 1.5 oz. Cachaça
  • Half a lime cut into wedges
  • 2 tsp. Sugar

How to Make the Caipirinha

Place lime and sugar into old fashioned glass and muddle well. Fill the glass with ice and add the Cachaça.


Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.5 Stars
  • Served:      On the Rocks
  • Strength:    Medium
  • Difficulty:    Simple
  • Flavor:        Sweet