Words by Simon Difford
A compilation of the 20 best cachaça cocktails would not be complete without a Caipirinha, not only the classic, but one or two more fruity options. However, there's more you can do with Brazil's national spirit and it's not all about muddling limes. The Lavarello and Rabo-de-Galo, for example, are two of my favourite stirred-down cocktails.
With: Cachaça, soda, pineapple juice, lemon juice and grenadine syrup.
We say: Fruity and tropical. A tall refreshing drink for a hot evening or an afternoon beside the pool.
With: Cachaça, lime, sugar, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries.
We say: This berry-loaded Caipirinha is delicious.
Bitter in Brazil
With: Cachaça, orange curaçao liqueur, Punt e Mes, sugar syrup and Fernet Branca.
We say: Bittersweet with orange accents and Fernet Branca contributing subtle bitterness.
With: Cachaça, triple sec, orange juice, sugar syrup and lime juice.
We say: Reminiscent of an orange influenced Caipirinha
With: Cachaça, limoncello, runny honey, lime juice, Aperol, basil leaves and egg white.
We say: Bittersweet and complex with underlying cachaça character. Perfect as an aperitivo.
Cachaça Fruit Cup (Difford's Cup No.10)
With: Cachaça, orange curaçao liqueur, sweet vermouth, Angostura Aromatic Bitters, ginger ale and cola.
We say: A fruit cup is just not as fruity when made with any other spirit - yes, cachaça is distilled from fermented sugar cane juice rather than fruit, but in this cocktail it seems to amplify fruity and sweet notes.
With: Cachaça, lime and sugar.
We say: You may have drunk a Caipirinha but have you tried one made the Brazilian way?
With: Cachaça, Aperol, and elderflower liqueur.
We say: Rust-coloured and bittersweet with cachaça and elderflower.
With: Cachaça, basil leaves, Yellow Chartreuse, lime juice, and agave syrup.
We say: Cachaça leads with basil and Chartreuse herbal notes, zesty lime and agave richness.
With: Cachaça, Islay single malt Scotch whisky, elderflower liqueur, lime juice and sugar syrup.
We say: Cachaça, lime and elderflower with a smoky hit of Islay whisky.
Fernand x Nando
With: Cachaça, gentian liqueur (infused with coffee beans), calvados and aromatic bitters.
We say: A bittersweet aperitif combining gentian herbal complexity with attractive coffee, cachaça and calvados spirituous notes.
With: Cachaça, Aperol, Cynar, and chocolate bitters.
We say: A riff on the Rabo-de-Gallo with bittersweet aperitivo in place of sweet vermouth.
With: Cachaça, lemon juice, and honey syrup.
We say: Simple, but when made with a quality cachaça and raw honey syrup, then the Lemon Beat is delicious.
With: Cachaça, lemon juice, sugar syrup, and fernet liqueur.
We say: A Cachaça Sour given bittersweet herbal depth of flavour by a splash of fernet.
With: Cachaça, Lillet Blanc, lime juice and lemonade.
We say: Cachaça, Lillet Blanc and citrus combine in this dry, refreshing drink.
Pineapple & Mint Caipirinha
With: Cachaça, pineapple, mint, lime and sugar.
We say: Minty fresh pineapple transports the Caipirinha into the realm of tropical drinks.
With: Cachaça, pineapple, lime and sugar.
We say: Pineapple is so good in a Caipirinha that it justifies have two such cocktails in this compilation.
With: Cachaça, sweet vermouth, amaro, and hopped grapefruit bitters.
We say: The bittersweet herbal notes from the vermouth and amaro combine harmoniously with the cachaça.
Strawberry & Basil Caipirinha
With: Cachaça, strawberries, basil, lime and sugar.
We say: Succulent ripe strawberries are delicious in a Caipirinha but so much better with basil.
Sweet Grape Caipirinha
With: Cachaça, red grapes, Sauternes wine, lime, and sugar.
We say: Flavours of grape, both fresh and in the wine, transform the humble Caipirinha into a Caipirinha D'uva.
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