CAIPIRINHOLOGY! – About Caipirinhas!

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Do you know that in Brazil we have many kinds of Caipirinhas? Probably you know about the traditional one made with CACHAÇA and LIMES!



Ca = Car

i = Ignition

Pi =Pivot

Ri = The “R” equals the pronunciation of LeTTer in American English

Nha = some pronunciations in other languages can help: Italian: gnocchi; Spanish: España


Ca = Car

Cha = Shake + Avocado

Ça = Salad

Kinds of Caipirinha:

Caipirinha = Cachaça + fruit (traditional: with limes)

Caipiroska = Vodka + fruit

Sakerinha = Sake + fruit

Caipirão = Rum + fruit

In Brazil it’s possible to have caipirinha with other fruits and some combinations such as:

  • Kiwi
  • Passion fruit
  • Tangerin
  • Strawberry
  • Kiwi + Strawberry
  • Pineaple + Mint
  • Cashew (the fruit) + Lemon
  • Wild Berries
  • others

How to make caipirinhas?

Ingredients: (for one glass)

  • 1 lime
  • 60ml (2 oz) of Cachaça (hard to find abroad but I’d recommend Seleta, easier to find 51)
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of white sugar (amount: your taste)
  • Ice (your taste)


  1. Cut the lime in pieces (don’t forget to cut off the middle part – watch video)
  2. Put the lime in the bottom of a glass with the pulp up
  3. Put the amount of sugar you want
  4. Muddle the lime and the sugar until it releases the juice (muddler – looks like small baseball bat) – if you don’t have a muddler, use the back of a spoon
  5. Don’t mash them too much, otherwise the drink will be too bitter
  6. Crush the ice and put a bit in the glass
  7. Add the cachaça and stir

Video to illustrate: (it’s in Portuguese, but you can just copy what he’s doing haha)