drink of the day: Caipirinha

drink of the day: Caipirinha

How to Make Caipirinha

Preparation time:

less than 30 mins

Cooking time:

less than 10 mins


Serves 1




To make the sugar syrup

  • 100g/3½oz caster sugar
  • 50ml/2fl oz water

To make the cocktail

  • 50ml/2fl oz cachaça
  • 15ml/1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 lime
  • 2 handfuls ice


  1. For the sugar syrup, put the caster sugar in a small non-stick saucepan over a medium heat and pour in the water. Stir and bring to the boil. CAUTION: boiling sugar is extremely hot. Handle very carefully. Use a deep pan to avoid bubbling over.

  2. Once the sugar has dissolved and the liquid is clear, take the pan off the heat and leave to cool.

  3. Pour 1 tablespoon of the cooled sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker with the cachaça, lime juice and half of the lime wedges.

  4. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain the drink into a glass over fresh ice using a hawthorne cocktail strainer and a fine mesh strainer. If you don’t have a strainer, any kitchen sieve will work just as well. Garnish the caipirinha with a lime wedge.

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