Caipirinha Recipes

Traditional Caipirinha Recipe

I guess the one thing a caipirinha website cannot go without is a recipe to a good caipirinha. In this article, I will walk you through the steps and ingredients of how to make a traditional flavor caipirinha. If you have been reading the blog so far, then you know all about how this cocktail was invented and that there are several variations of it.

The traditional caipirinha recipe is patented by the Brazilian government and consists of green lemon, sugar, cachaça, and crushed ice. It is very easy to make because it does not require any expensive tools such as a blender or other special mixing apparatus.

Honestly, no caipirinha recipe will ever be 100% the same. Each person usually adds their personal touch to it and if you go to Brazil and ask around, you will get a million different opinions and “insider” tips. Here are a few of these most popular tips:

  • Always leave out the upper and bottom caps of the lemon. They are said to have a bitter taste.
  • Split the lemon in half and cut out the middle pit from both pieces. They are also believed to contribute to the bitterness.
  • Always muddle the lemon with sugar. The abrasive sugar crystals will contribute to the grinding effect on the lemon.
  • Don’t muddle the lemon too hard. Squeezing too much will also make the drink too bitter.
  • Muddle the lemons face down (green skin facing up).

Because videos are better than a thousand words, I have also included a video below. It will help you understand the whole process better. Well have fun mixing and leave comments below.

Traditional Caipirinha Recipe

Prep Time 5 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine South American
Servings 1


  • 75 ml Cachaça
  • 3/4 green lemon
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • ice (crushed)


  • Carefully cut the lemon in wedges.
  • Place the lemon and the sugar inside a short thick glass and gently grind using a pestle.
  • Add ice and cachaça to the mix and stir homogeneously.
  • Fill up the glass with some more ice and enjoy!