The caipiroska cocktail is a spin-off of Brazil’s national cocktail, the caipirinha. The caipiroska cocktail is known to be concentrated, refreshing and incredibly flavoursome... perfect for a summer’s evening.
The benefit of a caipiroska cocktail is that it is straightforward to prepare and you probably have all the ingredients already! You could be sipping your drink in less than 5 minutes!
In order to make a fantastic caipiroska, you'll first have to understand what makes the original caipirinha so rich and powerful.
The main ingredient in a caipirinha cocktail is a Brazilian spirit called cachaça. Cachaça in Brazil is essentially the Tequila to Mexico and the Vodka to Russia. It is a spicy, sweet and fruity clear liquor distilled from fermented sugarcane juice. A fun fact is there is no such thing as Brazilian cachaça as all cachaça is made in Brazil. For the spirit to be named cachaça by law, it has to actually be made in Brazil.
The main difference between a caipirinha cocktail and a caipiroska cocktail is instead of cachaça, vodka is used. In fact, the cocktail is sometimes called a caipivodka cocktail for this very reason!
Gradually, as more vodka brands have entered the market and as more locals have embraced the spirit, the caipiroska cocktail has gained more traction across South America.
In our own Beeble take on a Caipiroska Cocktail, we truly believe that our Honey Vodka perfectly replicates the sweetness of the cachaça, without taking away from the sourness of the limes.
Traditionally when preparing a Caipirinha, the rule of thirds is followed, 1 part of the jar filled with lime, 1 part with ice cubes, and 1 part with cachaça. So, when you are preparing your caipiroska cocktail, it is best to follow the same rule of thirds (just remember to replace the cachaça with vodka!)
- 10ml simple syrup or half a tablespoon granulated white sugar
- 1 lime, cut into quarters
- 60ml Beeble Honey Vodka
- Garnish: 4 lime quarters
- Lots of ice (we think crushed ice is best to create a slushy-like consistency. This can be achieved using a blender).
- Fill a glass (we recommend an Old Fashioned glass) with cracked ice to chill, and set aside.
- Add the syrup (or sugar) and lime quarters to a shaker.
- Using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, extract the juice without forcing the rind from the limes (muddling requires some technique but is important not to disregard it as creates the richness of the drink. The key is to roll the limes around on the table prior as this releases the juices)
- Dump the ice from the glass into the shaker, add the vodka, and shake until well-chilled.
- Pour the entire drink, including the ice, into the chilled glass, and garnish with the lime quarters.
Alternatively, if you are more partial to a rum drink, you can also make a capirissima (prepared with rum). The spiciness of the cachaça is actually quite similar to rum.