Passion Fruit Caipirinha

If you’ve ever wanted to sip on the flavors of Brazil, the Passion Fruit Caipirinha is your ticket to a South American escape. Crafted with cachaca, lime, sugar, and passion fruit!

Passion Fruit Caipirinha

This zesty and refreshing cocktail is a twist on the classic Caipirinha, a traditional Brazilian libation featuring cachaca. I had the incredible opportunity to spend a month in Brazil years ago, and the Caipirinha de Maracuja was my go-to drink, so I know you’ll love it! One thing that sets the Caipirinha apart from other cocktails is the use of whole muddled limes, not just the juice. Muddling the lime wedges with sugar releases the oils from the skin, infusing the drink with a burst of citrus aroma and flavor! I added fresh passion fruit as a tropical spin to this Brazilian favorite.

What type of alcohol is Cachaca?

Cachaca is a Brazilian spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice. It’s somewhat similar to rum, but with its own unique character. Expect a slightly grassy, fruity flavor with a kick – perfect for spicing up your cocktails! It’s the secret ingredient that gives the Caipirinha its unmistakable Brazilian flair.

Variations of the Caipirinha

While the classic Fruit Caipirinha is a delight in its own right, there are some exciting variations to try:

  • Caipiroska: Swap out the cachaca for vodka to create a Caipiroska. It’s a crisp and clean alternative that complements the zesty lime and tropical passion fruit perfectly.
  • Caipirissima: Substitute rum for cachaca to make a Caipirissima. This version brings a richer, molasses-like flavor to the cocktail.
  • Fruit Infusions: Get creative with your fruit choices. Experiment with different fruits like mango, pineapple, or kiwi for a fruity twist on the Caipirinha.

Ingredients for the Passion Fruit Caipirinha

  • Lime: Muddled lime wedges provide a tart base for a Caipirinha.
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar adds sweetness to this cocktail. I prefer sugar over simple syrup because the coarseness of the sugar helps release the oils from the lime when muddled together. I used C&H Granulated Sugar.
  • Cachaca: Cachaca, a Brazilian distilled spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice, gives the Caipirinha its distinctive kick and character. I like Leblon.
  • Passion Fruit: This recipe calls for the pulp and the juice of fresh passion fruit. This exotic fruit offers a tropical twist. If you can’t find fresh passion fruit, replace with passion fruit juice or your favorite tropical fruit.

How to Make the Passion Fruit Caipirinha

With just four ingredients, crafting the Passion Fruit Caipirinha couldn’t be easier! Begin by cutting a lime into wedges. Add the lime wedges and sugar to a cocktail glass. Muddle them gently to release the lime juices and let them mingle with the sugar. Fill the glass with ice. Pour in cachaca and the juice and pulp from half of the passion fruit. Reserve the other half for a garnish. Give it all a good stir to ensure the flavors marry together. If desired, garnish with lime and passion fruit half. Enjoy!

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Passion Fruit Caipirinha

Sip on the flavors of Brazil with the Passion Fruit Caipirinha. Crafted with cachaca, lime, sugar, and passion fruit!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Brazilian



  • 1 lime, plus more garnish
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 oz cachaca
  • 1 passion fruit


  • Cut lime into wedges. Add lime wedges and sugar to a cocktail glass. Muddle to release the juices from the lime and dissolve the sugar.
  • Fill the glass with ice. Add cachaca and the juice and pulp from half of the passion fruit, reserve the other half for garnish. Stir to combine.
  • If desired, garnish with lime and a passion fruit half.
Keyword Caipirinha, Passion Fruit Cocktail, Passion fruit drink, summer cocktail, summer cocktail recipe
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