Strawberry and Kumquat Caipirinha

A sharper and fruitier version of a Mojito the Caipirinha is  made with the South American rum Cachaca. Less sweet than its, Carribean cousin, Cachaca, is the star of this sweet an sour drink. The kumquats add an extra sour punch, while strawberry juice lends a sweet body to the Caipirinha.

Strawberry and Kumquat Caipirinha

Strawberry and Kumquat Caipirinha

I have to admit, I’ve actually never had Caipirinha until a few days ago when Russell of Endless Simmer requested a Caipirinha popsicle. That provided me the perfect excuse to buy. . .well, more booze. In comparing the classic Mojito vs Caipirnha, at first glance I wasn’t expecting a huge difference in taste. Wrong. Going forward given a choice between the two a Caipirinha is my favorite.

A few notes:

  • This is a summer deviation from the classic Caipirinha.
  • I skipped the simple syrup portion, as the strawberries were sweet enough. But if the strawberries in your area are not ripe and sweet try adding 2 oz of simple syrup.
  • Variation: Replace the strawberries for peaches, kumquats for tangerines. As always taste as you mix.

Strawberry and Kumquat Caipirinha

Makes 3 servings


  • 7 oz strawberries (approximately 8-9 medium size)
  • 2  oz kumquats
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 4 oz of Cachaca


  1. Place strawberries, kumquats and juice of lime in a blender or food processor and process until pureed. Push mixture through a medium strainer. Return mixture to blender or food processor and add Cachaca and process to blend.
  2. Pour mixture over ice and garnish with lime, kumquat slices and a mint sprig.
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6 Responses to “Strawberry and Kumquat Caipirinha”

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — August 28, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

    Yummmm…there is a Latin American restaurant that I get these from a lot, but I’ve never made them at home. I love the addition of kumquats – they are such a cute looking fruit!


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    Jo — August 28, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

    I had a peach Capirinha before, but didn’t try to make one at home – will be very interesting. Thanks for the recipe


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    Rocio — August 28, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    Yeah … Caipirinha is awesome! my favorite is passion fruit’s caipirihna. I`ll try your recipe ^^


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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — August 29, 2011 @ 1:57 am

    Uh… yeah… so, I could use one of these fabulous cocktails right now.


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    Jennifer (Delicieux) — August 29, 2011 @ 4:02 am

    This looks fantastic! In a choice between a Mojito and a Caipirinha I always choose a Mojito but this would definitely change my mind. I love anything strawberry.


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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — August 30, 2011 @ 12:56 am

    I cannot stop looking at your gorgeous drink shots, you really know how to make a cocktail shine!


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