Similar to the caipirinha, a caipiroska is a popular Brazilian drink made with vodka, sugar, and limes. It’s a refreshing summer cocktail that makes lime the star (and it’s best made with a high-quality vodka).
Can we talk about how August is almost over for a hot sec? I am not happy about this. I’ve barely had a chance to really enjoy the summer and it’s almost September! I’ve got some priorities to straighten out over the next few weeks.
Actually, I am taking treating myself to a staycation very soon, so I’ll get some quality beach time in then. Followed by all of the lobster rolls, oysters, fried clams, margaritas, caipirinhas, and caipiroskas.
A caipiroska is a spin on the caipirinha, but it’s made with vodka instead of cachaça. It’s simply made with vodka, lime, and sugar, so using a high-quality vodka is best. You can make it with white sugar, cane sugar, or brown sugar. When I use cane sugar, I like to grind it up in a mortar and pestle first.
No matter which sugar you go with, it’ll taste very good! True story.
Fun fact: this post wasn’t originally supposed to happen because I was planning on re-shooting caipirinha photos and I wanted to update the content on that post. I didn’t have enough cachaça to make that happen, but I had vodka! We all still win in the end, though, yeah? 😘
Kitchen Tools Used:
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1/2 lime cut into 6-8 wedges
- 2 teaspoons sugar*
- 4-5 ice cubes
- 1 slice of lime for garnish optional
Add sugar to a cocktail shaker. Squeeze the juice from the limes into the shaker, then add in the limes.
Using a muddler or back end of a wooden spoon, crush the limes and sugar to release more juices, then give it a quick stir.
Add ice to the shaker and top with the vodka. Close it off with the lid and give it a few shakes.
Pour everything into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lime slice.
- You can use granulated or raw sugar. If using the raw/turbinado sugar, I recommend grinding it in a mortar and pestle first. Using white sugar will result in a clearer beverage, while raw sugar will add a hint of tan.
- Another way to make this is to muddle the limes and sugar directly in a cocktail glass, then top with ice (cubes or crushed) and vodka. Stir, garnish with a slice of lime, and serve.