Camper English over at Alcademics observes the threads of commonality between several cocktails (including the caipirinha) and asks whether they might belong in the same category:
It's funny that the category of foundation drinks that is lime, sugar, and spirit doesn't have its own name. We have the Gimlet, Vodka Gimlet, Daiquiri, Caipirinha, and Tommy's Margarita for gin, vodka, rum, cachaca, and tequila. Each of these drinks allows the base spirit in a cocktail to shine through, just diluting and sweetening it so you don't have to take a mouthful of raw booze.
It's a question worth asking, though I wonder whether it makes more sense to make the cut preparation-wise (muddling versus blending, for example) rather than ingredient-wise. It's tough for me to imagine the caipirinha and the vodka gimlet in the same category
(And I think I could've gotten through the day without the mention of the "bacontini". Yikes!)