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

Definition of caipirinha

: a cocktail consisting of lime, sugar, and rum

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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 Drinks are not included in the fixed-price menu — adults are $18.95, children 6–12 are $12.95 and 3–5, $6 — but a caipirinha ($9) seemed to be in order. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "The pizza version of a churrascaria exists — so wear your stretchy pants," 11 July 2018 Brazil goalkeeper Alisson holds a caipirinha cocktail. Washington Post, "Gods of soccer: Ronaldo, Messi like you’ve never seen them," 30 June 2018 Brazil: Original Can’t skip a beer here and pick a caipirinha cocktail? Bill Zimmerman,, "World Cup 2018: Virtual beer crawl among the knockout-stage teams," 28 June 2018 The bar features the Brazilian caipirinha cocktail and, as a nod to Texas, a margarita with jalapenos. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Sneak Peek inside United's exclusive new lounge at IAH," 26 June 2018

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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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