Words by: Difford's Guide
After the world fell in love with all things Brazilian, thanks to the 2016 Olympics and 2014 football World Cup, it was the humble Caipirinha finding its way onto menus across the globe. But, as great as the classic Caipirinha is, there’s more you can do with Brazil’s national spirit. Here are ten cocktails to make which don’t involve muddling limes.
With: Cachaca, triple sec, banana liqueur and lemon juice
We say: A sharp, dry cocktail with a sweet banana twang..
With: Runny honey, cachaca and lemon juice
We say:This is a simple blend yet makes for an impressive drink. However it's important to use quality cachaça and honey for the recipe.
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With: Cachaca, sugar syrup, lime juice, orange juice, sugar syrup and champagne
We say: Cachaça and citrus balanced by honey and topped with champagne. A twist on a twist - this cocktail is an adaptation of Dave Wondrich's adaptation of the classic Airmail.
Batida de Abacaxi
With: Cachaca, pineapple juice, milk and sugar syrup.
We say: A Batida (meaning 'shake') is a traditional Brazilian drink and 'abacaxi' means pineapple in Portuguese, the official language of Brazil. It should therefore come as no surprise that this drink is a mix of cachaca, pineapple juice, milk and sugar. It's an easy crowd pleaser that is creamy, fruity and only vaguely alcoholic to taste.
With: Cachaca, cinnamon schnapps, apple juice, lime juice and sugar syrup.
We say: A tangy cocktail which we think is reminiscent of a cinnamon laced apple pie. It was created in 1998 by Ben Reed at the Met Bar, London, and originally made with muddled fresh apple.
With: Orange juice, cognac, vodka, cachaca, lemon juice, sugar syrup, cinnamon and banana.
We say: The Banana Flambe is a complex drink to make and was invented by Mauricio 'Tony' Harion from Mixing Bar Consulting, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Its base is a mixture of cognac and vodka but half a shot of cachaça makes it in alongside cinnamon, sugar, orange and lemon juice and a banana.
With: Cachaca, scotch and drambuie liqueur.
We say: A rift on the classic nail using cachaca as the main base spirit with a hint of Scotch maintaining its lineage to the Drambuie Nail family.
With: Cachaça, lime juice, apple juice and elderflower liqueur.
We say: The Maçã, which means apple in Portuguese, is a subtle combination of cachaça, fresh lime, apple juice and elderflower.
With: Tuaca liqueur, cachaca, lime juice and egg white.
We say: A sour drink with a decent kick leading into a smooth and subtle finish. The mix of Tuaca liqueur, cachaça, lime juice and egg white was created by Poul Jensen in Brighton.
With: Cachaca, blackcurrant liqueur and white wine.
We say: A combination of wine, cachaça and rich berry fruits, this drink was created in 2002 by Dan Spink at Browns, St Martin's Lane, London.