3 Caipirinha Drink Recipes August 1, 2016

by Eat

Kick off August with three different variations on Brazil’s beloved cocktail… the caipirinha drink.

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Alright, let’s just get it out of the way; here’s how you pronounce the cocktail: [kie-purr-REEN-yah].

Got it? Good.

As the national drink of Brazil, caipirinha, which roughly translates from Portuguese to “country bumpkin,” is believed to have originated in São Paulo around the end of World War I. During this time, the Spanish flu was running rampant, and the cocktail’s combination of cachaça (a sweet Brazilian rum made from pure sugarcane juice rather than molasses), green lemon, garlic, and honey served medicinal purposes, easing the effects of the illness.

Although cachaça is still the star of the drink today, you won’t find any honey or garlic. Instead, this sweet and tart cocktail is made with fresh lime, sugar, and ice.

To celebrate Brazil, we’ve put together a list of three caipirinha drink recipes: the tried-and-true classic, a marvelous mango variety, and one that’s irresistible with passion fruit. In other words, time to samba!

1. Classic Caipirinha

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  • 2 Ounces Cachaça
  • 1/2 Lime (cut into wedges)
  • 2 Teaspoons Raw Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice (optional)
  • Crushed Ice
  • Lime Slices (to garnish)


  1. Using a cocktail shaker, combine the lime wedges with the sugar. Use a spoon (or muddler if you’re feeling fancy) to gently crush and squeeze every last drop of juice from the limes.
  2. Add the cachaça and extra lime juice. Shake well. (At this point, we turn on some music and starting shaking to the beat, but that’s just us.)
  3. Pour the drink with the muddled limes into a short glass with crushed ice.
  4. Garnish with a lime slice and serve immediately.

2. Mango and Lime Caipirinha

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  • 2 Ounces Cachaça
  • 1/2 Lime (cut into wedges)
  • 2 Teaspoons Raw Sugar
  • 2 Ounces Mango Juice
  • Ice
  • 1 Fresh Ripe Mango (peeled and sliced)

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  1. Add the lime wedges and sugar to an old fashioned glass. Use those muscles to crush with a muddler.
  2. Add a splash of mango nectar, to taste.
  3. Come on, add a little more. You know you want to.
  4. Load in the ice and pour in the cachaça.
  5. Garnish with a slice of mango and a wedge of lime.
  6. Drink up!

3. Passion Fruit Caipirinha

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  • 2 Ounces Cachaça
  • 1/2 Medium Passion Fruit
  • 2 Teaspoons Raw Sugar
  • Crushed Ice
  • Sugar Cane Stick (for garnish)

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  1. Scoop out the flesh and seeds of the passion fruit. Transfer to a mixing glass or cocktail shaker along with the sugar and cachaça.
  2. Shake over ice and pour into an 8-ounce glass.
  3. Garnish with the sugar cane stick to make it extra beautiful.

Are you a cocktail-making pro? Show off your skills by snapping a photo and sharing it with the hasthag #HelloFreshPics.

To make your happy hour even happier, serve up our watermelon mint juleps. Or strawberry mojitos. Or both.

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