Say ‘Caipiroska’: Another Brazilian Cocktail Teaser

In The Imbibery and Distillery by Christine McKellar

Just when you thought it was safe to try and soberly pronounce the last urber-trendy Brazilian summer-and-commercial cruise-ship cocktail, the Caipirinha, along comes the Caipiroska. The Caipiroska is a close relative of the Caipirinha: it’s just prepared with vodka instead of cachaça (a distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice).

After one of two of these simple and sugary concoctions, you won’t care what pops out of your mouth anyway.

The Caipiroska


2 ozs vodka
½ lime, cut into wedges
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon raw or turbinado sugar
Crushed ice

Old fashioned or highball glass.



Squeeze juice from the lime wedges into the glass. Place one of the wedges into the glass and add the sugars. Muddle the sugar with the lime wedges. Be careful not to overdo the muddling of the lime or it will make the drink too bitter. Pour in the vodka and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add crushed ice and stir. Garnish with lime slice or wedge and serve.

Note to the health conscious: your pancreas converts alcohol into sugar. If you’re like me, sugar-sensitive, I advise you to pick another cocktail for your summertime party concoction.