Thirsty Thursdays: Refreshing Cucumber Caip

September 8, 2011

This refreshing cucumber caipirinha is the perfect cocktail to sip poolside.  A caipirinha is a typical Brazilian cocktail made by muddling lime with sugar and then adding cachaça, a liquor made from fermenting sugarcane.  You can find cachaça at weel-stocked liquor stores, Latin markets, or online.  This recipe uses rum because it is more widely available.  If you are into mojitos, add mint to your drink.

Cucumber Caipiranha
recipe from Cookie and Kate


  • 3 slices cucumber, each 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/2 of a lime, cut into two wedges
  • 1 teaspoon raw (turbanado) sugar
  • 1.5 ounces white rum
  • club soda
  • cucumber slices and lime rounds, for garnish


  1. In a short glass, thoroughly muddle lime wedges, cucumber slices and sugar.
  2. Fill glass with ice and pour in rum. Top with club soda.
  3. Mix by pouring into another glass and then back into your drinking glass.

Makes one drink.


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Cookie and Kate's picture

Glad you enjoyed my cocktail recipe, Leah!

Kendall Toarmina's picture

Looks beautiful! I loved poolside caipirinhas in Iguazu Falls, on the Argentine-Brazilian border.

A small note: I think you have a typo "weel-stocked liquor stores" should be "well-stocked" I'm guessing?