The Caipiroska is a twist on the popular Caipirinha – the national cocktail of Brazil. A simple cocktail, Caipiroska is made with muddled limes, sugar, vodka and plenty of crushed ice. Learn how to make a classic ‘roska, or make my fruity Blackberry variation to create a vibrant cocktail that is perfect for summer.
A Caipiroska (or Caipivodka!) cocktail replaces the lesser-known Cachaça with vodka – taking a Russian name to reflect this (see also Moscow Mule, White Russian). My blackberry twist looks and tastes quite similar to the Bramble (which is made with gin).
You only need a handful of ingredients to make this drink, but make sure you use the best vodka you can get your hands on.
- Lime, cut into wedges (1 lime per drink)
- Cane sugar or brown sugar syrup / simple syrup. For a Slimming World version you can make your own sugar free syrup using sweetener.
- Vodka – you can use flavoured vodka if you like or Eristoff Black for a Black Caipiroska! I have used my favourite Bison Grass Zubrowka from my Blackberry Caipiroska (Lemon Vodka would also work well).
- Crushed ice: if you can’t buy crushed ice, place ice cubes in a clean lint-free towel. Wrap the towel around the ice and pound with a rolling pin to crush. Alternatively blitz briefly in a powerful blender.
HOW TO MAKE A CAIPIROSKA
The secret to the best Caipiroska (or a Mojito which is quite similar) is taking your time to properly muddle the lime and sugar, making sure the sugar has fully dissolved before adding vodka. I prefer to use sugar syrup and thereby avoid the dreaded ‘crunchy sugar’ cocktail syndrome!
STEP 1. Cut the lime into eight wedges and put into an old fashioned glass (a.k.a rocks glass).
STEP 2. Add the sugar syrup and use a muddler or the end of a clean rolling pin to pound the limes hard to release the oils from the skin as well as the juice.
STEP 3. For a Blackberry Caipiroska variation, add 3-5 large blackberries to your glass and muddle them to squeeze the vibrant juice out.
STEP 4. Add the vodka and give everything a good stir. Add crushed ice, stir vigorously and taste your drink. Do you need to add more sugar syrup?
STEP 5. Garnish with a lime wedge or a couple of blackberries on a cocktail stick and enjoy!
A Caipiroska is actually a pretty good cocktail on the Slimming World plan as it contains only one spirit – two measures of vodka (50ml) which are 6 Syns. If you create your own calorie-free sugar syrup using Sukrin or any granulated sweetener you can keep this at a relatively low-syn level.
HOW TO MAKE SYN FREE SIMPLE SYRUP
Use a granulated sweetener that can be used at the same ratio as sugar (Sukrin, or Canderel Sugarly).
STEP 1. Put 200ml water and 200g granulated sweetener (or any measures at a 1:1 ratio) in a saucepan and stir over medium heat to dissolve.
STEP 2. Turn the heat off as soon as the syrup comes to a simmer and strain into a clean jar. Keep in the fridge for up to a week.
Fruity variations include: kiwi, strawberry, mango, passion fruit – you can use your favourite seasonal fruit to give your own twist.