Caipiroska

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In Brazil, omitting a Caipirinha from a cocktail menu is tantamount to heresy. The three-ingredient drink made with cachaça, lime and sugar is the country’s national cocktail. But the ubiquitous drink wouldn’t truly be a classic without a inspiring a few important variations. The most popular is the Caipiroska—a drink made in the exact same fashion but with a base of vodka rather than cachaça. This spirit swap inspired the distinctively Russian-sounding name and popularity in countries all over the world.

Other drinks in this muddled family tree include the Caipisake, made with—you guessed it—sake, and the Caipirissima, made with rum.

Caipiroska

FLAVOR PROFILE
Sour
STRENGTH

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 oz vodka
  • lime wedge
  • 2 bar spoons sugar

INSTRUCTIONS

Step one

Muddle lime wedges and sugar at the bottom of a double old-fashioned glass.

Step two

Add vodka and top with ice.

Step three

Stir lightly and serve.

Contributed by Supercall