cai·​pi·​ri·​nha ˌkī-pə-ˈrēn-yə How to pronounce caipirinha (audio)
: a cocktail consisting of lime, sugar, and rum

Examples of caipirinha in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web North Americans typically get their first taste of a caipirinha at a churrascaria – a Brazilian steakhouse. Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 In another, a server is whipping up a caipirinha from a silver bowl of liquid nitrogen, lime juice and the spirit cachaça. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 17 May 2023 Closer still is a table of diners watching their caipirinha getting whipped up from a bowl of liquid nitrogen, the spirit cachaça and fresh lime juice. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2023 There are also oysters delicately topped with thin slices of golden gooseberries and Thai chile; yuca fries with roasted garlic aioli; crispy pork belly with black lime; a martini made with lemon brine; and a caipirinha, the classic Brazilian cocktail of cachaça, lime and cane sugar. Dallas News, 21 Oct. 2022 The price includes a salad bar with cured meats, cheeses, salads and fruit, and there’s always room for more cheese bread and another caipirinha cocktail. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Oct. 2021 And the caipirinha, Stewart’s favorite cocktail, was overwhelmingly sour. Richard Morgan, Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2022 Yet another crowd-pleaser marries a cosmopolitan with a caipirinha. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 Toast your dinner — and this winner — with a pisco sour, caipirinha or piña colada. Washington Post, 18 May 2022

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Word History


Brazilian Portuguese, from caipira backwoodsman, rustic

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of caipirinha was in 1973

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“Caipirinha.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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