Caipirinha, fun facts about this Brazilian cocktail

GEO magazine tells us curious facts about Caipirinha, the Brazilian cachaça-based cocktail created in 1918.

Caipirinha is a cocktail that was born in Brazil in 1918, during the Spanish flu epidemic. Known as a “miracle recipe” among Brazilians, this cocktail was originally composed of lime cachaça, honey and garlic. It is said that this mixture had already been used during the epidemics of scurvy and cholera…

The reality is that over the years, the cocktail became a mixture of lime, powdered sugar, ice and cachaça. And the truth is that it never served as an elixir against diseases, in fact 35,000 people died of Spanish flu.

By the 1920s, the cocktail became a hit in high-class places in large Brazilian cities. In 1994 the cocktail became a select drink on the cocktail list of the International Bartenders Association.

Although there are variants of this cocktail such as Caipiroska (vodka-based) or Sakerinha (sake-based) or even Caipirissima (rum-based), Brazilian purists defend its original recipe: only add cachaça.

Cachaça is an alcohol that has been distilled in Brazil for 500 years and has a controlled denomination of origin. In older times, cachaça was a symbol of resistance to the Portuguese colonists, who tried unsuccessfully to banish it in favor of their wine.

Caipirinha: Photo David Catania


How to prepare a Caipirinha

To make this cocktail you will need the following ingredients. It is important to take into account the final alcohol content, between 20 and 25º.


Green lemon cut into quarters

Four tablespoons of powdered sugar (brown or white)

Crushed ice

60 ml of cachaça

Type of glass: rocks

Preparation: with a mortar, crush the lemon with the sugar. Add the ice and then the 60 ml of cachaça. Stir gently and prevent it from becoming too watery.


Don’t drink and drive. Enjoy responsibly.


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