Caipiroska Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


Caipiroska, also known as Caipivodka, is a popular cocktail originating from Brazil. It is a variation of the famous Caipirinha, which uses cachaça instead of vodka. The Caipiroska became popular in the 1990s when vodka started to gain popularity in Brazil. It is a favorite among those who enjoy a refreshing and fruity cocktail.

  • The name 'Caipiroska' is a combination of 'Caipirinha' and 'vodka'
  • It is believed to have been created by Russian immigrants in Brazil
  • Caipiroska is especially popular during the summer months and at beach parties

How Caipiroska Tastes?

Caipiroska is a refreshing, fruity, and slightly tart cocktail. The combination of lime, sugar, and vodka creates a perfect balance of sweet and sour flavors. The muddled lime adds a burst of citrus, while the sugar helps to soften the acidity.

Interesting facts about Caipiroska

  • Caipiroska is often served in a short glass, also known as an Old Fashioned glass
  • The cocktail is typically garnished with a lime wedge or wheel
  • Caipiroska can be easily customized by adding different fruits or flavored vodkas


  • Lime: 1
  • Sugar: 2tsp
  • Vodka: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Ice: crushed

A few good options for Caipiroska are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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We start with one lime — the soul of your cocktail. Its zest and juice bring the freshness, balancing the sweetness of sugar and the strength of vodka. Too little? Your drink might lean towards bland. Too much? Pucker-up buttercup, because you've got a tart tangy bomb!

Mary Mitkina


Sugar plays the smooth operator, softening the lime's acidic edges with sweetness. 2 teaspoons should do the trick! It's a samba of flavors, and without it, you’re left with a lonely lime vodka — not the dance partner we're looking for!

Alex Green


A standard 2oz of vodka gives your Caipiroska the backbone, the 'oomph', the alcohol's embrace. Less vodka, and the cocktail may be too tame, more, and you might forget the rest of the night. It’s the booze that loosies you up!

Emma Rose

Ice: Crushed

Why crushed ice? It chills faster, melding the tastes as it blends the ingredients with a frosty caress. Solid cubes just don’t have the same melting touch. Just right makes it nice and chill; too little and your drink will sweat faster than a polar bear in the Sahara!

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Caipiroska Drink

  1. Prepare the lime: Cut the lime into wedges and remove the white pith
  2. Muddle the lime and sugar: In an Old Fashioned glass, muddle the lime wedges with the sugar until the sugar dissolves and the lime releases its juice
  3. Add vodka: Pour the vodka into the glass
  4. Add ice: Fill the glass with crushed ice
  5. Stir: Stir the cocktail until well mixed
  6. Garnish: Garnish with a lime wedge or wheel

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lime: The freshness of the lime can greatly affect the taste of the Caipiroska
  • Muddle gently: Over muddling can make the drink bitter
  • Use good quality vodka: The quality of the vodka can make a big difference in the taste of the cocktail

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Seafood: The citrusy freshness of the Caipiroska cuts through the richness of grilled shrimp or calamari.
  • Brazilian Barbecue (Churrasco): Compliment the smoky flavors of meat with the cool and crisp Caipiroska.
  • Fresh Salads: Pair it with a light salad with vinaigrette dressing to echo the acidic and sweet notes of the cocktail.

Drink Pairings

  • Iced Green Tea: Non-alcoholic and refreshing, it complements the Caipiroska without overpowering it.
  • Chilled Coconut Water: For a non-alcoholic and hydrating option that echos the tropical vibe.

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What you could change in Caipiroska

  • Lime: Can be replaced with other citrus fruits like lemon or grapefruit
  • Vodka: Can be replaced with rum or tequila for a different twist
  • Sugar: Can be replaced with honey or agave syrup for a healthier option

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Berry Caipiroska

  • Ingredients: Lime, Berries (strawberries or raspberries), Sugar, Vodka, Ice
  • Recipe: Muddle the lime and fresh berries with sugar. Follow the standard procedure, replacing a wedge of the lime with berries for a fruity twist. The berry version will add a playful sweetness and aroma, providing a berrylicious kiss to your lips.

Spicy Caipiroska

  • Ingredients: Lime, Sugar, Chili pepper, Vodka, Ice
  • Recipe: Muddle the lime and sugar, then add a thin slice of chili pepper for a fiery kick. The spicy Caipiroska will heat up the evening, tickling your throat with a fiery dance.

Herbaceous Caipiroska

  • Ingredients: Lime, Sugar, Fresh Basil or Mint, Vodka, Ice
  • Recipe: Add basil or mint to the lime and sugar muddling process. This twist brings an aromatic herb garden into your glass, enchanting your sense of smell and taste with every sip.

In case you forgot basics how to make Caipiroska

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

Learn everything on how to stir

The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

Learn everything on how to muddle

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Caipiroska

What is the best vodka to use for a Caipiroska?

There are many good quality vodkas that can be used for a Caipiroska. Russian and Polish vodkas are often favored for their smoothness and strength. Ultimately, the choice of vodka will come down to personal preference.

What other fruits can be added to a Caipiroska?

The Caipiroska is a versatile cocktail that can be customized by adding various fruits. You can try adding strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, or mango for a tropical twist. Remember to muddle the fruit to release its juice and combine it with the other ingredients.

How to reduce the sweetness of a Caipiroska?

If you find the Caipiroska too sweet, you can reduce the amount of sugar, or use a tart fruit like grapefruit or lemon instead of lime. You could also add more ice to dilute the sweetness slightly.

What food does Caipiroska pair well with?

The Caipiroska pairs well with a variety of dishes, especially spicy or grilled foods. Its refreshing taste can help balance out the heat and intensify the flavors of the food.

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