Hump Day Happy Hour
Try Out This Popular Brazilian SpiritBy Julie Fishman
Cachaça, pronounced ka-SHAH-sa, is sweeping the mixology scene, and cocktail pros across the country are proclaiming the Brazilian liquor—made from fermented sugarcane—"the next tequila." Meanwhile the caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil, has become "the new margarita."
Although cachaça-based caipirinhas have long been popular, bartenders are now using the liquor in a variety of drinks made with summer fruit and herb combinations.
We asked the experts at Leblon Natural Cane Cachaça to whip up some summer recipes using this trendy spirit. Sip and enjoy.
"Watermelon Smash Caipirinha"
2 oz. Leblon Cachaça
4 chunks of watermelon
1 tsp superfine sugar or 1/2 oz. simple syrup
1 pinch of fresh cilantro
Muddle the watermelon, cilantro and sugar in a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and add Leblon Cachaça. Shake vigorously. Serve in a rocks glass. Garnish with a slice of watermelon.
1.5 oz. Leblon Cachaça
4 oz. coconut water
1 pinch of coconut shavings
1 oz. simple syrup
0.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. lychee puree
Mix all ingredients in a mixing glass. Pour into your favorite popsicle mold (add pomegranate seeds for a cool look) and freeze. To make a batch of popsicles, simply multiply the ingredients by the number that you wish to make.
2.5 oz. pineapple-infused Leblon Cachaça
2 oz. Vita Coco Coconut Water
0.5 oz. Demerara syrup (simple syrup made with Demerara sugar)
0.25 oz. lime juice
To make pineapple-infused cachaça, peel and slice one medium-sized and fully ripe pineapple. Place pineapple slices in glass jar and cover with one bottle Leblon. Allow the Cachaça to infuse for two days. Then add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake hard. Strain into a large pilsner glass filled with ice. Garnish with a pineapple leaf.
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