cai·​pi·​ri·​nha | \ ˌkī-pə-ˈrēn-yə How to pronounce caipirinha (audio) \

Definition of caipirinha

: a cocktail consisting of lime, sugar, and rum

Examples of caipirinha in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The night's Brazilian menu showcases the country's national drink, caipirinha (cachaça, sugar and lime), and its popular dish feijoada (black bean, beef and pork stew). Return 5 p.m. Feb. 25 for a Fat Tuesday celebration. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Here's where to find Mardi Gras 2020 parties, king cake, gumbo and more in Indianapolis," 17 Feb. 2020 Given the science behind the drinks — the fog that dissipates to reveal a sorbet with the profile of a Brazilian caipirinha, the cedar burned tableside to flavor a glass of tequila and orange peel — a customer can understand. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "It’s better drinking through science at Barmini," 10 Oct. 2019 Floating Christmas Tree, Rio de Janeiro December in Rio is all about enjoying an icy caipirinha on a spectacular beach (who says Christmas has to be about ugly sweaters and hot cocoa?). Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Christmas Light Displays Around the World," 26 Nov. 2019 The Instagram-friendly liquid nitrogen caipirinha from Barmini by José Andrés. Washington Post, "The Scene: D.C. restaurant workers let down their hair and celebrate at the 2019 RAMMY Awards," 2 July 2019 Alas, there are no gyrating Carnaval dancers in colorful costumes, but there are caipirinhas, which wear their lime and mint leaves rather resplendently, like headdresses. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Hocca, at the Florida Mall, is full of (hot, Brazilian) bologna | Review," 19 June 2019 Head to Mureta da Urca, where people gather for an afternoon beer or caipirinha by the ocean, or Pedra do Arpoador, on the end of Ipanema Beach, to see it. National Geographic, "See Rio like a Nat Geo Explorer," 11 Mar. 2019 The Brahmas and the caipirinhas are cheap, and the water is clean. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Rio de Janeiro, Right Now: 5 Reasons to Visit the Extraordinary Brazilian City," 19 Mar. 2019 Run by an Ibizan who serves a special caipirinha made of passion fruit and some Brazilian pink flowers, best enjoyed at sunset. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Atins, a Hidden Paradise on the Northeast Coast of Brazil," 18 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of caipirinha

1973, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caipirinha

Brazilian Portuguese, from caipira backwoodsman, rustic

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“Caipirinha.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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