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How to Make a Caipiroska

The caipiroska is the Russian cousin of Brazil’s national drink, the caipirinha. In this version, vodka stands in for the traditional cachaca sugarcane liquor.


  • Step 1: Cut lime Cut the lime in half, and then slice it into thin wedges. Place half of the wedges into the bottom of the glass.
  • Step 2: Add sugar or syrup Top the lime wedges with the granulated sugar or simple syrup.
  • TIP: Make simple syrup by simmering equal parts sugar and water until the sugar is completely dissolved. Let it cool, then transfer to a bottle or other container.
  • Step 3: Muddle the lime and sugar Gently grind the lime and sugar mixture with a wooden spoon or muddler to release the lime juice.
  • TIP: Muddlers can be purchased at houseware and specialty stores.
  • Step 4: Ice the class Fill the glass with ice cubes and add the vodka.
  • Step 5: Stir Stir your drink so the vodka blends with the sugar and limes at the bottom of the glass. Garnish with a colorful slice of lime. Enjoy!
  • FACT: In the 2008 summer Olympics, Russia's men's volleyball team beat no.1 ranked Brazil on its way to capturing a bronze medal.

You Will Need

  • A rocks glass
  • A lime
  • 1 to 2 tsp. granulated sugar or simple syrup
  • Ice
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • A wooden spoon
  • Muddler

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