I had this drink for the first time 7 years ago in Salvador, Brazil. A capiroska is pretty much caipirinha’s less popular little sister. They’re practically the same drink except a caipirinha is made with cachaca and a capiroska is made with vodka. Now normally even the idea of vodka would make me want to vom (just not a fan), but you can make this drink quite strong without the usual “rubbing alcohol” throat burn. When I ordered the drink I had no idea what I was ordering since the entire menu was in Portuguese, a language I sadly do not speak except for the word “kiwi”. I thought to myself, “Eh, I like kiwi’s, why not.” Little did I know I was about to discover my drink of choice for the remainder of my month stay in Brazil. I was a little bummed when my drink didn’t come in a big, shiny coconut like every other persons drink at my table….just a tall, clear glass filled with clear liquid and muddled kiwis. I took one sip and my coconut envy disappeared immediately! Not only could I not taste the abrasive flavor of vodka (sorry vodka fans!), but it was also only subtly sweet and not overly syrupy. I was pretty much in heaven! Not to mention I was munching on spicy shrimp filled acaraje (black-eyed pea fritters), and surrounded by a diverse group of fascinating people, so I really couldn’t be happier! I’ve since made my own version a number of times, altering amounts of this and that along the way, and this recipe is the closest I could get to bring me back to my amazing stay in the beautiful and culturally thriving country of Brazil. This drink is so wonderful year round, light and refreshing! Enjoy!
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- 2 cups kiwi, peeled and diced
- 12 mint leaves, divided
- 3 limes, juiced
- 2 cups high quality vodka
- 2 cups tonic water or coconut flavored sparkling water
- ice cubes
- 1 kiwi, peeled and thinly sliced
- Line six glasses up and fill each with ⅓ cup of diced kiwis, 2 mint leaves, 1 teaspoon sugar, and ½ lime juiced.
- Muddle together the contents of each glass until fully combined.
- Fill each glass with ice and top off with ⅓ cup vodka and ⅓ cup tonic water.
- Stir, finish each with a kiwi garnish and serve.