Ipanema cocktail – the non-alcoholic caipirinha cocktail

Ipanema Cocktail – The Non-Alcoholic Caipirinha Cocktail

Summer is here, and the days are getting hotter, just the right time for a soothing refreshment like the Ipanema cocktail. This drink is the non-alcoholic version of the Caipirinha and has its origins in Rio de Janeiro. It is also colloquially called Caipiginger, Freshmaker, or Virgin Caipi.

The Ipanema impresses above all with its quick and easy preparation, which places it high up on the popularity scale of summer drinks. This is for a good reason: It’s refreshing, quick to prepare, and you don’t have to worry about the alcohol. In our opinion, three reasons are more than enough.

Where does the Ipanema Cocktail come from?

The refreshing cocktail was invented in Brazil, where “Ipanema” means “churned water”. The sugar in the drink imitates the sand and awakens the illusion of the sea and beach by stirring it with the straw. So you can get into a vacation mood, no matter where you are.

The flavor of the non-alcoholic version of the Caipirinha takes you to tropical coasts. Where the seagulls fly in the sky, you can hear the sound of the waves and feel the sun on your skin. Just like the original. Only without alcohol this time.


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There are many variations of the Ipanema. But the original is characterized by a fruity-tropical flavor and easy preparation. Perfect for a hot summer day.
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Preparation time: 2 minutes
Mixing time: 3 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
Category: Classic, Non-Alcoholic
Origin: Brazil
Keywords: Cane sugar, Ginger Ale, Ice cubes, Lime, Passion fruit juice
Servings: 1 Cocktail
Calories: 85kcal
Author: Leon Zeschke


  • Tumbler
  • Bar muddler


  • 10 cl ginger ale
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tsp. cane sugar
  • 2 cl passion fruit juice
  • some ice cubes


  • Wash the lime, cut into quarters, and mash in a tumbler.
  • Add raw sugar and mix.
  • Fill the glass up with ginger ale and passion fruit juice.
  • Add ice cubes and enjoy.


Serving: 1Cocktail | Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sugar: 19g
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Tip for the perfect Ipanema

Try out a different variation and change up the ingredients to get other fruity taste experiences. How about a strawberry Ipanema, for example? Simply replace the passion fruit juice with strawberry syrup.

Or how about an orange version? Replace the passion fruit juice with orange juice. Perfect, especially when there is still some orange juice left from making a vodka-orange cocktail, screwdriver, or similar cocktail.

Let your imagination run wild and give the cocktail your personal touch. This is how you get your perfect Ipanema for hot summer days.

Have fun mixing it up!

Über Leon Zeschke | Avatar of leon zeschkeLeon is a food blogger, nutritionist, and passionate cocktail nerd. He loves trying out new cocktails and sharing his creations. Jonas is also one of the founders and part of the editorial team of Alcipedia.com.
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