cai·​pi·​ri·​nha | \ ˌkī-pə-ˈrēn-yə \

Definition of caipirinha

: a cocktail consisting of lime, sugar, and rum

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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 Drinks: Sip a mimosa spiked with persimmon liqueur or go with a Latin classic like a caipirinha or mojito, all of which are $9. Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "14 new brunches to brighten your Chicago summer," 31 May 2018 The bar's Gilligan's Girl is a nod to the caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail. Kia Mcinerny,, "These hand-crafted cocktails are the toast of the Kohala Coast," 15 Apr. 2018 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). Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Where to party for Mardi Gras 2018," 6 Feb. 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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