It use to be rare to spot cachaça on a spirit menu ... and harder still find it on a cocktail list in something besides a caipirinha. But thanks to this year’s World Cup, it’s never been easier to find creative cachaça cocktails.
The distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice is the best selling liquor in Brazil, where Brazilians have been drinking it since at least the 16th century. And it’s no wonder why. The spirit, with its sweet yet earthy and smoky tones is delicious and potent. And refreshing on a steamy day.
We asked bartenders from Brazil to New York to San Francisco to share the cachaça drinks they’ll be serving up this summer. Whether you favor the traditional caipirinha or want something new (Moscow mule, perhaps?) there’s a cachaça cocktail for you.
The creator of this cachaça cocktail, Natalie Migliarini of Beautiful Booze, said she loves the way it plays with flavors. The cachaça complements the ginger beer while the strawberries give the drink a sweet and fruity taste. It’s a flirty cocktail that's perfect for sipping at your next pool party.
Coconut and cachaça are such complimentary flavors and this cocktail shows off both ingredients to perfection. Brian Means, of Dirty Habit in San Francisco, created this sweet and seductive cocktail that combines coconut syrup, cachaça, Ancho Reyes, and lime juice. It’s an easy cocktail to make while you’re lounging around your patio this summer, or watching the World Cup, but as its name may suggest, it’s full of complexity and layers of flavor.
The caipirinha is what cachaça is best known for; the national drink of Brazil made with cachaça, lime, sugar, and ice, it has a sweet and sour kick that will make your lips pucker. When made well, it’s an incredibly refreshing and easy to consume cocktail - that is also very strong. Mixologist Rodman Paixao whipped up this traditional caipirinha at Canvas Bar & Restaurante at the Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi, but Hilton properties are making local versions of caipirinhas this summer, so if you happen to be at a Hilton, ask what their take is.
Four ingredients. (And one is a garnish!) That's all it takes to make this contemporary cachaça cocktail. So simple it’s basically foolproof, it shows complex flavors that will have friends and family thinking you’re an accomplished mixologist. Coconut water and honey add sweetness while the cachaça and mint garnish provide balance. If you’re new to whipping up cocktails, you can't go wrong with this Yaguara Coconut n’ Honey created by Màrcio Silva, the global ambassador for Yaguara Cachaça.
Hot in Rio is the cocktail to drink when you when you need to spice things up. Vance T. Henderson, the beverage and nightlife manager at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Ba, created this unique cocktail, perfect for World Cup celebrations. Drinking it is almost like watching a nail-biting game. The flavors of the cocktail start off dry and tart before becoming sweet and finishing with a hit of spice. It is named Hot in Rio, after all.