The Caipiroska is the cousin of the classic Brazilian drink, caipirinha. This refreshing cocktail is made with vodka instead of cachaça, giving it a neutral flavor profile that’s perfect for mixing with fresh fruits and other ingredients.
One of the great things about the caipiroska is its versatility. You can use different types of fresh fruits, herbs, and even spices to create unique flavor combinations. Plus, it’s easy to adjust the alcohol content to your liking by adding more or less vodka.
Caipiroska is a popular cocktail that originated in Brazil in the 1970s. It is a twist on the traditional Brazilian cocktail, Caipirinha. Caipirinha is made with cachaça, a type of sugarcane liquor, while Caipiroska is made with vodka. The popularity of vodka in Brazil and other South American countries led to the creation of this innovative adaptation.
Caipiroska has gained popularity not only in Brazil but also in neighboring South American countries. It is often referred to as Caipivodka or Caipirodka in these countries. The cocktail has become a trendy beverage, and many bars and restaurants in Brazil and South America offer it on their menus.
In recent years, Caipiroska has also gained popularity in other parts of the world. It is now a popular cocktail in many bars and restaurants in Europe and North America. The cocktail is often served as an alternative to the popular Margarita or Mojito cocktails.
How to Make It
- Vodka - 2 ounces (60ml)
- Lime - Full fruit cut into quarters
- Simple Syrup or granulated/raw sugar - 1 ounce (30ml)
- Garnish - Lime wheel or wedge
- Fill a rocks glass with cracked ice.
- Take your quartered lime and simple syrup/sugar, add both to your Boston shaker.
- Muddle the limes and sugar together, being mindful to extract the juice but not destroy the rine.
- Dump ice from a rocks glass into your shaker and add your vodka.
- Shake until chilled.
- Dump all ingredients from the shaker directly back into the rocks glass.
- Garnish with your lime wheel or wedge.
If you’re looking to switch up your caipiroska game, there are several variations you can try. Here are a few options to consider:
Similar to the classic caipiroska, this variation is based on fresh fruits macerated with sugar and vodka. Various fruits like kiwi, strawberries, pineapple, or passion fruit can be used, depending on your preferences. Simply muddle the fruit with brown sugar and vodka, then add ice and shake before straining into a glass.
For a fruity twist, try using berries in your caipiroska. Muddle your choice of berries (such as strawberries or raspberries) with granulated sugar and vodka, then shake with ice and strain into a glass.
If you’re a fan of mango, this variation is for you. Muddle fresh mango with brown sugar and vodka, then shake with ice and strain into a glass.