Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: n/a minutes
Servings: 1

Combining lime and spirits is always a win: a margarita does it with tequila, a gimlet does it with gin and a mojito does it with rum. In this recipe, sake and lime juice are combined for a spin on Brazil’s national cocktail, the caipirinha.


  • 1 lime, cut into 8 wedges
  • 2 tsp. superfine sugar, or to taste
  • Crushed ice as needed
  • 6 Tbs. (3 fl. oz./90 ml) sake


Combine the lime wedges and sugar in an old-fashioned glass. Using a cocktail muddler or the end of a wooden spoon, crush the ingredients in the bottom of the glass, pressing to extract as much juice as possible from the lime wedges. Add a handful of crushed ice and top off with the sake. Stir and serve. Makes 1 drink.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Good Food to Share, by Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan (Weldon Owen, 2010)