A tangy, refreshing drink that’s just perfect for drinking on a balmy Rio evening, the caipirinha packs a real boozy punch, and has a reputation for turning the most timid and mild mannered of tourists into flirty party animals after just one or two drinks. As every Brazilian knows, if you want to get the party started, you need to get shaking those Caipirinhas.
Whether you’re looking for a quiet, romantic drink or a night of full-on hedonism, there is no shortage of opportunity to sample a caiprinha in Rio de Janeiro. Here’s our pick of the top spots to sit back, sip a caipirinha, and soak up the atmosphere.
1.Ipanema Beach Bars For the ultimate ‘I’m on Vacation’ experience, spend a day sunning yourself and admiring the beautiful people on Ipanema Beach and, as the sun starts to set, head to one of the many beach kiosks and treat yourself to a hard-earned caiprinha to get yourself geared uo for the night ahead.
2.Lapa Street Party If you’re looking for hedonism, this is the place to find it. On Friday and Saturday nights, countless street vendors serve up gargantuan caiprinhas to a tipsy crowd of tourists and locals – here you can try versions of the drink made with your choice of fruits, or stick to the classic lime and sugar version. The sheer number of vendors mean there are good drinks deals to be done, and some of these drinks are dangerously large, strong and cheap. Don’t say you weren’t warned!
3. Pergula You don’t have to be a guest a the hotel to enjoy a drink at Copacabana Palace’s poolside bar, so even budget travelers can treat themselves to an indulgent experience. Get dressed up, take a seat by the pool, order a caiprinha and sip it slowly to make the moment last as you soak up the glamorous atmosphere at this most famous of hotels
4.Academia da Cachaca There are so many varities of cachaca that it would be near impossible to list them all here, and they range from harsh and hangover-inducing to smooth and sweet. At Academia da Cachaca you can try your hand at sampling them made up into a caipirinha – just be sure not to try and sample the whole range if you don’t want to seriously suffer the next day.