The Caipiroska cocktail is better known as a variation on the national drink of Brazil - the Caipirinha. Yes, you can achieve the same fresh, zingy taste, but using vodka will give your cocktail a lighter flavour.
So exactly how do you make it? Here's our Caipiroska recipe...
What's the difference between Caipirinha and Caipiroska?
The only difference between these two cocktails is the spirit or liquor used - the lime and sugar and ice stay the same. In a Caipiroska cocktail, the sugar-cane spirit Cachaça is replaced with vodka.
You might be wondering if they drink it in Brazil. Well, the answer is yes - but the original Caipirinha cocktail is far more popular - with millions of them enjoyed every year.
Caipiroska ingredients and tips
Here are some essential recommendations to consider before you get started.
Ensure your limes are as fresh as possible to ensure you get that zesty zing.
Gently roll the limes on a flat surface before cutting them, so that the scent is properly released (instead of giving you the citrus bitter oil)
Try using simple syrup in this drink, instead of granulated sugar. It easier to mix everything together and gives the cocktail the right balance.
Very important: You won't need a cocktail shaker for this cocktail - it's a stirred drink made in a mixing glass.
Here is the shopping list for the perfect Caipiroska recipe:
- 6 lime wedges
- 20 ml sugar syrup
- 60 ml vodka
- Crushed ice
- A lime slice/wheel to garnish
How do you make a Caipiroska cocktail?
Take an old-fashioned glass (you can also use a rocks glass)
Cut the lime into wedges, removing the two ends first
Add the sugar syrup or brown sugar
Muddle everything together with a pestle to extract the juice
Add crushed ice (avoid ice cubes)
Pour in vodka
Stir everything with a bar spoon
Garnish with a slice of lime and serve
Caipiroska recipe variations
The strawberry caipiroska is a popular version of the drink, and works with almost all red berry fruits. While passionfruit caipiroskas are common, too. Simply muddle and mix in your favourite fruit with the vodka, lime and sugar. Then sip!
If you liked making this, you will almost certainly love our mojito recipe.
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