Caipiroska Cocktail Recipe

This easy Caipiroska cocktail recipe is so easy and will be a refreshing drink during those summer months. Caipiroska is an exotic and refreshing drink that is easily prepared with vodka and lime.

So, if a refreshing cocktail is what you are looking for, then a glass of Caipiroska may be the perfect fit.

If whiskey is more your thing than vodka, you can check out our 12 best whiskey cocktails for some options.

What is a 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 throughout 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.

Caipiroska ingredients

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 the vodka, lime and simple sugar syrup are found in the mixture.

You can even add spices and fresh mint to your Caipiroska.

Variations of Caipiroska

As mentioned, in some areas they like to add to their spices or even mint to their Caipiroska. Others may replace the lime with crushed strawberries to make a strawberry Caipiroska.

Also know that if you substitute vodka with rum, you will then be making 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 Cocktail Recipe

This Caipiroska cocktail recipe is so 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 with a long bar spoon, before decorating your glass and drinking the mixture.

caipiroska cocktail ingredients


  • 2 ounces Vodka
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • Ice



Add ice to a cocktail glass and let sit to allow the glass to chill.


Add sugar and lime quarters to a shaker.


Muddle the contents of the shaker until juice is extracted from the lime.


Add vodka and ice from the glass to the shaker and shake thoroughly.


Pour mixture into a cocktail glass and garnish with lime quarters.

This is such a great summertime drink, but why not consider a smoothie with alcohol too?