Marisa Chafetz

Rum • Sweet
Pineapple Caipirinha

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The Caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil, has rocketed in popularity in recent years. It certainly helped when the world focused its attention on Brazil during the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. But the cocktail was definitely ready for the spotlight. It’s one of the simplest drinks to put together—just cachaça, sugar and lime—which makes it a superb candidate for variation. That’s what we have here.

While the original Caipirinha gets a lip smacking sour push from the lime, in this version, the whole drink gets sweetened up with ripe, juicy pineapple. Normally the drink is built right in the glass, muddled lime husks and all. But in this case, we chose to strain it. Between the lime wedges and what remains of the pineapple after muddling, it’s a little too chunky to easily drink. If you think you can handle the bits floating your drink (or if you prefer it—we don’t judge), you can build it as you would a traditional Caipirinha. However you choose to make it, it will keep you refreshed all summer long.

Mix it Up

Like we said, the Caipirinha works with all sorts of fruit flavors. Try this same recipe with mangoes, strawberries, blueberries or watermelon.

The Essentials

White Sugar
The Details


2 oz Cachaça
1 tsp sugar
Half a lime
2 cubes Pineapple


  • Muddle lime, pineapple and sugar in a shaker tin.
  • Add cachaça and ice, and shake.
  • Strain into a lowball glass with ice.
  • Garnish with a small pineapple wedge.
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