Mix it Up: Caipirinha

Celebrate the World Cup with Brazil's tropical and refreshing national cocktail -- even if you don't care about soccer.

Want to master your mixology game? We're here to help with the cocktail recipes you should add to your arsenal, from old favorites to modern masterpieces. Hope you're thirsty.

When you’re watching the World Cup, you’re gonna want a cold drink — or three, depending on how well your team’s doing — at hand. Since the games are happening in Rio, you can get in the spirit by mixing up a caiprinha, the national cocktail of Brazil. Think of it as a daiquiri, but with a cooler presentation and a few tweaks.

An authentic version calls for cachaça, an analogue to white rum. Only difference is that cachaca is distilled from fresh sugarcane, while rum uses molasses. They’re similar enough, though, so go ahead and use whatever you’ve got on hand.


  • 1.75 oz cachaca or white rum
  • 1/2 lime, cut into wedges
  • 2 tsp brown sugar


  1. Muddle the lime and sugar in a rocks glass.
  2. Add the booze and stir thoroughly.
  3. Fill the glass with ice.
  4. Enjoy.

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