Straight from Guaruja Brazil - the ginger caipirinha

It’s summertime and the weekend is here. I had the good fortune of discovering this fresh Brazilian cocktail this week in Guaruja surrounded by old and new friends. I highly recommend you try it out. Have a great weekend.


3 small chopped seeded lemons or small oranges, limes, tangerines (no need to peel)

1/4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon grated peeled ginger

3/4 cup lemon juice (or other citrus of choice – tangerine, lime, orange)

1 1/2 cup cachaça (Brazilian sugarcane liquor) or vodka


Divide lemons (or small oranges, tangerines or limes – we had lemon) among 6 tumblers. Add 2 teaspoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon grated peeled ginger to each glass. Crush the ingredients in the bottom of the glass with a muddler or handle of a wooden spoon. Top each drink with 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1/4 cup cachaça (Brazilian sugarcane liquor) or vodka. Fill glasses with ice cubes, stir, and serve.