A close relative of the Daiquiri, the Caipirinha is Brazil's national drink. They're both based on sugar and lime, but instead of rum, this classic cocktail features Brazil's other national liquid treasure: cachaça. Distilled from the fermented juice of sugar cane, cachaça is characterized by grassy and vegetal flavors—as opposed to the fruity, sugary notes found in rum (which is distilled from molasses).

The drink is believed to have been invented in the early 20th century as a cure for the Spanish Flu...or it may have been thought up in the 1800s by Brazilian farmers as a way to highlight local sugarcane. Whatever the case may be, this rustic variation on the Daiquiri is absolutely delicious, and the non-alcoholic version is no different.

Rather than using lime juice and simple syrup, the Caipirinha calls for a whole lime cut into wedges, muddled with granulated sugar to release the fruit's essential oils from the peel. To approximate the grassy, herbal flavors of cachaça we've combined Lyre's White Cane Spirit with Seedlip Garden 108, and added a couple dashes of our Orange bitters for complexity.




  • All The Bitter

    Hi Lisa, yes indeed! This recipe is non-alcoholic, although spirits like Seedlip and Lyre’s may contain trace amounts of alcohol, up to 0.5%, which is the legal definition of “non-alcoholic” (alcoholic spirits contain 40% or more). To put it into perspective, foods like a ripe banana and even bread may contain the same amount of alcohol. It’s nowhere near enough to get you intoxicated (even if you chugged an entire bottle), but it’s important to make people aware in case there’s an extreme aversion.

  • Lisa

    Good morning! Thank you for sharing this recipe! I just wanted to confirm that this is completely alcohol free. Apologies for the ignorant question, I don’t know much at all about cocktails but would like to make this for a friend who’s alcohol free. Thank you!


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