Classic caipirinha

Serves 8   Approx time: 10   Difficulty: super easy


  • 5 limes
  • 12 tablespoons golden caster sugar
  • 2 cm fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 1 kg ice cubes, crushed
  • 70 cl Cachaça
  • 1 small bunch fresh mint, leaves picked


This is a wonderfully refreshing Brazilian cocktail using Cachaça. You should be able to pick up a bottle in most supermarkets these days, I've seen it made with vodka as well but if you can, use Cachaça to ensure it's the real deal.

Roll the limes on your chopping board with the heel of your hand to get all the lovely juices going, then cut them into wedges and squeeze the juice into a large 1½ litre jug, chucking the wedges in there after you've squeezed them.

Add the sugar and ginger then spend a couple of minutes bashing and squishing it all up with the end of a wooden rolling pin to really get all those flavours going. Half fill the jug with crushed ice, and bash again. Pour in the Cachaça and stir well. Have a little taste then tweak the acidity to your liking, adding more sugar if needed. Top the jug up with more crushed ice then tear in the mint leaves and give it a good stir. Serve and enjoy as a refreshing cocktail with friends.

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