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.