Ready for the Summer Olympics? With Rio as the host city, the games are the perfect occasion to break out a bottle of Brazil's signature spirit, cachaça, and mix up some drinks. But if the classic Caipirinha is the only cachaça cocktail you’ve tried, here’s fresh inspiration for mixing Brazil’s sugar cane spirit.
Part of the culinary cocktail lineup created by London mixologist Richard Woods for the sushi chainlet, this creamy, nutty drink is made with fresh avocado puree swizzled with cachaça, orgeat and cacao. The finishing touch: a cone of maiz cancha, a corn-nut-like snack to nibble while you sip.
Since this oyster house is known for absinthe, of course bartender Shae Minnillo added it to this sipper, too. This elaborate drink includes Yaguara cachaça, Letherbee absinthe, sage-infused Dolin Rouge, lime, grenadine and aromatic bitters, all garnished with a chiffonade of sage, lime zest and pomegranate.
Spicy, sweet and smoky, this cocktail from head bartender Brandon Lockman starts with jalapeño-infused cachaça, mixed with lime juice, pineapple shrub and allspice demerara syrup, topped with a barspoon of mezcal and garnished with an apple slice.
While many bartenders take cachaça in a tropical direction, this is a drink for those who love a stirred-and-bitter style. Starting with a base of Novo Fogo silver cachaça, bartender Chaim Dauermann adds Fernet-Branca and Giffard Banane du Brésil, served over ice with an austere orange peel garnish.