Celebrate the World Cup with Brazil’s National Cocktail: The Caipirinha

06/12/2014 at 01:17 PM ET

Caipirinhas for the 2014 World Cup
Gaby Dalkin/What’s Gaby Cooking

What’s the best way to cheer your favorite team at 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil? Drink in hand, of course!

And we can think of no better cocktail to imbibe than the Caipirinha, national cocktail of Brazil — yes, Brazil has a national cocktail.

One of our favorite summer drinks, caipirinhas are the most refreshing combination of lime juice, sugar, and cachaça. Think of it like a sweet, boozy, limeade. Who wouldn’t want to drink that? Even if Brazil isn’t your team, raise a glass to their home field advantage. Not that they need it, they’ve won more World Cup titles than any other team in the history of the tournament.

Ready to shake up your own caipirinha? Try this recipe from Gaby Dalkin of What’s Gaby Cooking. It includes a splash of sparkling water, which means you can day drink while watching the games without getting too sleepy. Olé!

Classic Caipirinhas 
Makes 2
1 lime, quartered
4 tsp. white sugar
4 oz. cachaça
Sparkling water

1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle together the quartered limes and sugar. Muddle until all the juice is extracted from the limes and mixed with the sugar.

2. Add the cachaça and a few ice cubes and secure the shaker lid. Shake for 30 seconds.

3. Pour the cocktail into two ice-filled glasses and top with sparkling water.

Kristin Appenbrink

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Amanda Graçoeiro on

Caipirinha is that without the sparkling water, just lime, cachaça, sugar and ice (full cubs or crushed) same in portugal, same in brazil

Maria on

OMG I love these…..my brother married a Brazilian and she always makes these for us

Marisa Beatriz on

Would love to have drank this during the first game of the world cup today,… but I don’t drink alcohol.

Anonymous on

There’s NO sparkling water in a classic caipirinha. Just lime, cachaça, sugar and ice.

scorpio on

Substitute the sparkling water for 7UP or Ginger Ale and exclude or use just a little sugar and you will also have a great drink as well. It’s a great summer drink.

Regina on

NO sparkling water EVER in Caipirinha, people should research better before starting posting about something they don’t know 😦

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