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Caipirissima Cocktail Recipe

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A caipirissima is both a mouthful and an interesting drink. The name might sound confusing but it’s actually far more familiar than you might first think. 

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What is Caipirissima ?

A caipirissima is cross between a daiquiri and a caipirinha, or you could think of it as a muddled Mojito without mint or soda. In essence this rum-based drink relies on the lime juices and essential oils extracted through muddling, and like a caipirihna it requires you to add the muddled limes plus extra limes into the drink. However I consider that entirely optional since it makes it harder to drink. Here’s how to make your own caipirissima. 

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Caipirissima Cocktail Recipe

Ioana Ciuraru
A blend of daiquiri and caipirinha, in the best way possible.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1


  • 2 oz rum
  • 4 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 lime wedges


  • In a shaker add sugar and limes. Muddle very well.
  • Add ice and rum, shake until chilled.
  • Strain into rocks glass, add a bit of ice.


Some like to add the lime leftover from muddling, alongside more limes in the drink.

When is this drink best ?

 I think the caipirissima works great as a summer drink, since it-s rum-based and quite strong. I see it as more of a summer evening drink, something to enjoy alongside dinner rather than in the afternoon. 

My thoughts on Caipirissima

This tasted entirely of rum, and was full of fresh lime flavor. The sweetness in it isn’t much, since it relies on granulated sugar to help muddle the lime and also sweeten just a bit. Still, don’t expect this to be sweet. 

Because this is a nearly-neat rum drink, be prepared for a strong burn. This also means you need a rum you love, regardless of the brand. 

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If you like Caipirissima, you might also like…

Caipiroska – a caipirissima with vodka instead

Mojito – the classic mojito recipe

Notes, substitutes, and tips

The recipe doesn’t state what kind of rum to use, but most of the time I’ve seen white rum used. If you want to use dark or aged, go right ahead. Use whichever rum you like best. 

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