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Sense & Edibility's Guarapo Caipirinha

Guarapo Caipirinha

This Brazilian cocktail is unique because of its guarapo base. 
Course Libations
Keyword caipirinha
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
cooling time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings



  • 8 ounces cold water
  • 8 ounce piloncillo cake
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 8 limes)

Caipirinha Cocktail

  • 4 1/2 ounces cachaça
  • 1 large lime, cut into wedges plus 1/2 of a lime, sliced (for garnish)
  • 4 ounces guarapo
  • 1 cup ice, plus more for serving
  • sugarcane sticks, for garnish (optional)


Begin by Making the Guarapo

  • In a large stock pot, bring the piloncillo and water to a simmer over medium heat. 
  • Stir frequently to dissolve the sugar. 
  • Once dissolved, allow the mixture to simmer for 4 minutes. 
  • Remove from the stove and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature (or place in the refrigerator to cool completely).
  • Once the guarapo is cold, add the lime juice. Stir to combine. 
  • At this point, you can reserve the 1/2 cup needed for the cocktail and serve to children as a non-alcoholic beverage.

Mix the Caipirinha Cocktail

  • Fill your cocktail shaker with the cachaça.  
  • Squeeze the juice of one lime into the cocktail shaker, then drop the lime peels into the shaker. Use a muddler to mash the peels and extract their oils.
  • Add a handful of ice cubes to the shaker.
  • Follow the ice with 4 ounces of prepared, and cooled, guarapo.
  • Place the cap on the shaker and shake vigorously until the shaker frosts on the outside.

Strain and Serve

  • Strain your caipirinha cocktail into two, ice-filled double old-fashioned glasses. 
  • Garnish with a wheel of lime, a sugarcane swizzle stick, or both, and enjoy responsibly.