5 cl of vodka
2 teaspoon of brown sugar
half of a lime
The Caipiroska, also known as Caipivodka, is a cocktail created from the rib of the Brazilian Caipirinha, in which instead of cachaça, you have to use vodka.
The result is a less nuanced drink, more monolithic as flavor. Still, it’s one of those cases of “less is more” because although the vodka is neutral, it allows you to customize the cocktail with thousand of ingredients, such as flowers, berries, or aromatic herbs.
If you want to compare them, Caipirinha wins hands down for its subtle rainbow of aromas and sharp shades, but you should consider a plain lime Caipiroska as a blank canvas on which you can let your imagination run wild.
Put some blueberries, raspberries, tangerine juice, or grapes in a Caipiroska, and you’ll taste an infinite and delicious variety of cocktails.
It seems obvious, but to prepare a good Caipiroska, you’ll need some perfectly ripe limes: there is no margin for error because the ingredients are few, and the vodka accentuates the sharp charm of lime.
Caipiroska cocktail ingredients and doses
- 5 cl of vodka
- 1/2 lime cut into wedges
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- a lot of imagination for decorations and variants
How to make the perfect Caipiroska cocktail
Cut the lime into wedges and place them in an old-fashioned glass with some sugar. Pound with a muddler, and when sugar is dissolved, fill with crushed ice and pour the vodka.
Cover with a hand, stick a spoon, and stir. Feel free to decorate with anything you like: kumquats, grapes, or a sprig of lavender.
Caipiroska food pairings
Parmigiana ravioli, spaghetti with clams, chicken tikka masala, Chicken Cacciatore, Vitello Tonnato, truffle risotto, pasta alla carbonara, paella mixta.
If you like vodka cocktails, here are other recipes you may like: Espresso Martini, White Russian, Moscow Mule, Cosmopolitan, Vodka Sour, Vodka Tonic, Kamikaze, Sex on the beach, Screwdriver, Bloody Mary, Black Russian.