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The Caipirinha

(recipe, Jacob Grier)

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The classic cachaça cocktail is the caipirinha, a rustic and refreshing mix of cachaça, lime, and sugar, designated the official cocktail of Brazil. While I’m an advocate of precision in cocktails, this is one of the few I always make by feel.


  1. 2 oz. cachaça
  2. Approx. ½ lime, quartered
  3. 2 to 3 tsp. sugar


  1. Muddle the lime and sugar in the bottom of a mixing glass, juicing the lime and extracting oils from the peel. Add the cachaça, shake with ice, and then pour everything into a rocks glass.


This drink is subject to infinite variation by incorporating other herbs and fruits, so have fun exploring seasonal twists.