Classic
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Vodka • Sour
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.

The Essentials

vodka
lime wedge
Muddler
The Details

Ingredients

2 oz vodka
lime wedge
2 bar spoons sugar

Method

  • Muddle lime wedges and sugar at the bottom of a double old-fashioned glass.
  • Add vodka and top with ice.
  • Stir lightly and serve.
intermediate
Strength:
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