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Caipiroska is an exotic and refreshing cocktail, which unlike the caipirinha that is made with cachaça, is prepared with vodka instead, but the other ingredients and the way of making it are very similar. So, if you like cocktails like I do you should definitely try making this easy Caipiroska cocktail recipe at home.
What’s the Caipiroska cocktail?
The Caipiroska is a variant of the Brazilian cocktail Caipirinha where the cachaça is replaced by vodka hence its name with the Russian consonance. This Brazilian cocktail began having fame only in Latin America, but gradually its reputation has been spreading and nowadays can be tasted in any cocktail bar or shop thorough the world.
This recipe, also sometimes called Caipivodka, is also very popular in bars and clubs in Brazil. Caipiroska is a variant of one of the most popular cocktails in the world: Caipirinha. As we mentioned, unlike the traditional Brazilian version based on cachaça, The main alcohol used in Caiprioska is vodka whose aromatic properties are very different from cachaça.
This variant does not come from Russia or Poland as its name might suggest: Caipiroska with vodka also seems to have been invented in Brazilian bars in search of novelties. The vodka-based version wants to be fresher and more striking than its older sister, once enjoyed by slaves in sugar cane plantations. So, Caipiroska or Caipirinha? It’s up to you to make your choice!
Main Ingredients of Caipiroska
The Caipiroska cocktail consists of vodka (prefer a wheat vodka to get a cocktail with subtle aromas, or a rye vodka if you want a mixture with more character). In addition to this spirit, lime and simple sugar syrup are found in the mixture… as in the Caipirinha !
You can even add spices and fresh mint (as in Mojito!) to your Caipiroska…
Anyway, we do not forget to keep a quarter of lime to put on his glass to decorate his cocktail. The little touch that will make the difference.
Variations of the cocktail Caipiroska
As you were told earlier, certainly.e. s like to add to their Caipiroska spices or even mint. Still others, replace the lime with crushed strawberries to make a strawberry Caipiroska. Also know that if you substitute vodka with rum, you will be in the presence of a Caipirissima.
Looking for other variations of the Caipiroska cocktail? Why not try the Asian Tonic cocktail, The Hibiscus Sensation cocktail, The Cucumber Mule cocktail, or the elephant cocktail and the Garden Tulip from the Germain club Paradisio? All these mixtures also contain vodka and lemon…
Caipiroska and calories
Caipiroska and calories? Sugar and vodka add on the scales, you may think… If you pay attention to your line, it is always better to opt for a Mimosa cocktail (85 calories per glass), a Bloody Mary cocktail (1230 calories per glass), a Bellini (133 calories per glass) or even a Salty Dog cocktail with vodka and grapefruit (137 calories per glass).
Alcohol abuse is dangerous to your health, so consume in moderation.
Caipiroska is also very similar to mojito, the only difference between them and caipirinha is basically the type of alcohol used it the preparation.
You can also make strawberry, passion fruit or kiwi caipiroska and try other flavors of fruit cocktails. Let your imagination run wild.
Additional features of this cocktail: low cost, traditional Brazilian recipe.
The Caipiroska Recipe
The recipe for Caipiroska is very simple to make! Just grind diced lime to the bottom of an old fashioned glass, then pour vodka and simple sugar syrup. All you have to do is mix your Caipiroska cocktail well (always from top to bottom) with a long bar spoon, before decorating your glass and drinking the mixture.
Note: that if you want to drink your Caipiroska with straw, prefer-the biodegradable like these pasta straws.
- 50 milliliters of Vodka
- 25 grams of sugar
- ½ Lime
- Ice (diced or chopped)
Steps to follow to make this recipe:
1. To make this Caipiroska cocktail, the first step we have to do is take a short glass if possible, which is the one typically used to make this type of drinks, and introduce the sugar and half lime sliced into pieces.
2. We crush these ingredients well preferably with a wooden mortar so that the lime releases its juice and integrates with the sugar.
3. Then we add to the glass a few whole ices or enough crushed ice and then, the vodka.
4. With a spiral spoon we raise the files from the bottom of the glass and we integrate our caipiroska .
5. To finish preparing this caipiroska, we finish with more ice to the brim and two short straws to decorate the cocktail with alcohol. And here’s the recipe for caipiroska!
- 50 milliliters of Vodka
- 25 grams of sugar
- ½ Lime
- Ice (diced or chopped)
- To make this Caipiroska cocktail, the first step we have to do is take a short glass if possible, which is the one typically used to make this type of drinks, and introduce the sugar and half lime sliced into pieces.
- We crush these ingredients well preferably with a wooden mortar so that the lime releases its juice and integrates with the sugar.
- Then we add to the glass a few whole ices or enough crushed ice and then, the vodka.
- With a spiral spoon we raise the files from the bottom of the glass and we integrate our caipiroska .
- To finish preparing this caipiroska, we finish with more ice to the brim and two short straws to decorate the cocktail with alcohol. And here's the recipe for caipiroska!
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And what about caipiroska’s close cousin the caipirinha?
The caipirinha (pronounced “caipirigna” : the little caipira (Rustic)) is a Brazilian cocktail prepared with cachaça, cane sugar and lime. It was created by the peasants from which it would derive its name (caipira would mean redneck in Portuguese), this cocktail is very popular and widely consumed in restaurants, bars and nightclubs worldwide.
Also check my easy strawberry daiquiri recipe for a refreshing delightful summer cocktail.
A little bit of History on the caipirinha cocktail
There are several theories around the origin of caipirinha.
The cocktail is close to the batida de limão (lime juice batida) with the only difference being the method of preparation.
In the seventeenth century a drink consisting of cachaça, lime, garlic and honey would have appeared to cure African slaves of the flu.
A drink with the same ingredients was reportedly used in Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, in 1856, as a measure to combat the cholera epidemic in the region. Carlos Eduardo Cabral de Lima, director of the Brazilian Institute of Cachaça (Instituto Brasileiro Da cachaça, Ibrac), also reports that the sailors of Paraty also drank a mixture of cachaça and lime to compensate for vitamin C deficiency and scurvy on the high seas4.
Two last versions trace its origin to Piracicaba (São Paulo), where in 1918 caipirinha was reportedly dedicated either to the treatment of the Spanish flu or to replacing whiskey and other imported alcohols6.
Since 1992, caipirinha has been included in the list of official cocktails of the International Bartenders Association (IBA). In 2008, its recipe was regulated by the Brazilian Ministry of agriculture.
Ingredients and preparation
- a measure (5 cl) of cachaça (Brazilian sugar cane alcohol) ;
- a lime (or a half depending on its size) ;
- a tablespoon of powdered sugar (preferably white cane sugar) or 1.5 cl of sugar cane syrup ;
- crushed ice or ice cubes.
Serve preferably in an old-fashioned glass. Place the lemon cut into pieces in the glass and pour a good tablespoon of sugar. Firmly crush everything in the glass with the powdered sugar until the juice is fully extracted.8
Use a straw cut in half, one piece larger than the other. If you want to drink less alcohol use the large (which goes to the bottom of the glass and takes more water), or, conversely, use the small to drink more alcohol, which will be on the surface, because less dense than water.
For faster realization, use cordial lime (sweet lime juice) instead of lemon and sugar. Then we talk about capirina.
Other cocktails based on caipirinha are also popular in Brazil : caipifrutas, which are prepared from fruits other than lime, such as mango (manga), passion fruit (maracuja), strawberries (strawberry), blackberries (amoras), cashew apple, pineapple (pineapple)… there is a Salvadoran variant named barrinha at the Barra de Santiago prepared with local products : mandarin lemon, cane sugar and brandy sugar cane (guaro), which enjoys great popularity.
The most popular alternative compositions in the world are Caipiroska where cachaça is replaced by vodka, and caipirissima where cachaça is replaced by rum.
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