Lime, Physalis and Elderflower Caipiroska recipe

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Lime, Physalis and Elderflower Caipiroska

The Caipirinha is one of the most famous cocktails in Brazil, in general, no visitors from other countries who visit Brazil can leave Brazilian soil without tasting this delightful drink.

An interesting thing about this popular drink, full of green, is that it has a multitude of possibilities. The proof of this is in the Caipirinha recipe with Vodka, also known as caipiroska or caipivodka.

This type of Caipirinha is quite common. It’s said that the use of vodka
probably arose from the difficulty of finding a good cachaça in the major cities so that they could make a decent caipirinha.  Anyone can make caipiroska all over the world.

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Lime, Physalis and Elderflower Caipiroska recipe

This option is ideal for gatherings, parties, BBQ or when watching your favorite sports event. I took the inspiration for this recipe from thebar by Diageo, and the seasonal  Elderflower to make a light and a summery cocktail to liven up any occasion.

Lime, Physalis and Elderflower Caipiroska recipe

Serves: 1

50ml Smirnoff No. 21® Vodka
1 lime
10ml Elderflower Sugar Syrup (bought or recipe below)
4-5 physalis
crushed ice

1 x Short Glass
1 x Crushed ice
1 x Jigger
1 x Muddler
1 x Chopping Board
1 x Knife

1)Cut the lime in wedges, take out the white membrane, then cut the physalis in half and place in a glass.
2)Muddle the lime, physalis with the Elderflower sugar syrup in the glass.
3) With a muddler press down on the lime and physalis to extract flavour and juices.
4)Fill the glass with ice.
5)Top up with Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka.
6) decorate with a slice of lime and physalis


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Lime, Physalis and Elderflower Caipiroska recipe


elderflower syrup

makes: 1L

1L of water
1kg of sugar
20 Elderflower heads
1 lemon
1 orange

Cook: 10mins
1)Carefully wash the elderflower heads and remove any insects or dirt. 2)Place the flower heads in a large bowl together with the orange and lemon zest.
3)Bring 1 litre of water and 1 kilo of sugar to simmering point until the sugar has completely dissolved, boil for 5 minutes.
4)Switch off the heat and pour over the elderflowers and citrus zest. Cover and leave infusing 24 hours
5)Sieve the liquid through a piece of muslin.
6) Use a funnel to pour the liquid into sterilised bottles. Seal the bottles with swing-top lids, cleaned screw-tops or corks.

For more Summer cocktails inspiration head to thebar

Disclosure: This post was written by me and sponsored by Diageo, the makers of Smirnoff Vodka.






  1. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    June 30, 2016 / 1:04 pm

    Such a great recipe! I bet it would be great a BBQ.

  2. Stressed Mum
    June 30, 2016 / 3:02 pm

    It almost (note I said almost) looks too good to drink, I am going to have to try this 🙂

  3. Rhian Westbury
    June 30, 2016 / 3:47 pm

    What a great spin on the cocktail, got to love a Caipirinha x

  4. Melanie Ed
    June 30, 2016 / 7:19 pm

    What a great recipe, this cocktail sounds delicious.

  5. June 30, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    This cocktail looks so pretty and perfect for a summer garden party I think xx

  6. Sarah-Louise Bailey
    June 30, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    Oh wow this sounds delicious – what a nice recipe, perfect for a summer party. x

  7. June 30, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    Oh this sounds really nice. I can see this being a great drink for a date night.

  8. Dannii Martin
    July 1, 2016 / 8:03 am

    I am loving elderflower at the moment – it's so summery and I bet it would be great in a cocktail.

  9. The London Mum
    July 1, 2016 / 9:08 am

    The perfect sounding recipe with amazing flavours! yes please!!

  10. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    July 1, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    I've seen so many recipes using elderflower lately, and they're always beautiful! Such a pretty flower, I need to get my hands on some.

  11. Nicol
    July 1, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    i love elderflower! its my go to mixer. ill have to try this. i would love to make the syrup one time

  12. Tanya Brannan
    July 1, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Vodka is my favourite drink so this recipe looks amazing. I've printed it off already 😀 xx

  13. Casa Costello
    July 1, 2016 / 10:33 pm

    Oh I am desperate for some hot sunny evenings to be able to enjoy a cocktail or 2 outside in the garden. For the fancy name and how stunning it looks, this recipe seems fairly simple. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Jessica Ayun
    July 2, 2016 / 8:21 am

    A new cocktail to try. The Elderflower makes it special, I guess. 🙂

  15. beautyqueenuk
    July 2, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    I love the addition of Elderflower, which I am quite obsessed with x

  16. Rachael Phillips
    July 2, 2016 / 6:04 pm

    Now you're talking! Love the sound of this cocktail – so summery and light

  17. Hannah Heartss
    July 2, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    This sounds lovely for the summer – need to give it a try x

  18. July 3, 2016 / 3:46 pm

    This looks so pretty – I love the Elderflower. I have no idea what a muddler is though.

  19. Agata Pokutycka
    July 4, 2016 / 3:45 pm

    I love the taste of elderflower. I bet the drink is super delicious.

  20. July 8, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    Yum! Caipiroskas are one of my FAV cocktails – the addition of elderlower and physalis elevates them to whole new level. x