20 best Cachaça cocktails

Words by Simon Difford

20 best Cachaça cocktails image 1

As great as the classic Caipirinha is, there's more you can do with Brazil's national spirit. Here are 20 cachaça cocktails to make which don't involve muddling limes.

ency 28 image
Ambrosio Cup
With: Cachaça, mint leaves, Bison grass vodka, Manzanilla sherry, lime juice, sugar syrup and soda.
We say: Cachaça, bison grass vodka and Manzanilla sherry combine harmoniously and are freshened with mint and lime.
ency 45 image
With: Cachaça, coconut water, condensed milk and lime juice.
We say: Thick and creamy with fortifying underlying cachaça spirit.
ency 43 image
Batida de Abacaxi
With: Cachaça, 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. This easy crowd-pleaser of a cocktail is creamy, fruity and to taste - only vaguely alcoholic.
ency 73 image
Batida Rosa
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.
ency 74 image
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.
ency 95 image
Brazil 66
With: Cachaça, triple sec, orange juice, sugar syrup and lime juice.
We say: Reminiscent of an orange influenced Caipirinha.
ency 93 image
Brazuca Remedy
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.
ency 27 image
Caneflower Cocktail
With: Cachaça, Aperol, elderflower liqueur and chilled water.
We say: Rust coloured and bittersweet with cachaça and elderflower.
ency 85 image
Difford's Fruit 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. While it may not go down well at Wimbledon, we're sure it would be a hit in Rio.
ency 20 image
Edison's Medicine
With: Cachaça, basil leaves, Yellow Chartreuse, lime juice, agave syrup and chilled water
We say: Cachaça leads with basil and Chartreuse herbal notes, zesty lime and agave richness.
ency 65 image
Esmeralda Cocktail
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.
ency 54 image
Fernand x Nando
With: Cachaça, gentian liqueur (infused with coffee beans), calvados and Angostura Aromatic Bitters
We say: A bittersweet aperitif combining gentian herbal complexity with attractive coffee, cachaça and calvados spirituous notes.
ency 80 image
Grande Elixir cocktail
With: Cachaça, Yellow Chartreuse, honey water and lemon juice
We say: The name refers to the inclusion of Yellow Chartreuse which combines well with cachaça in this drink with honey and lemon juice.
ency 91 image
With: Cachaça, Benedictine, applejack brandy, demerara sugar syrup and Peychaud's Bitters.
We say: Who'd have thought cachaça and apple brandy would make such good bedfellows with herbal liqueur and Peychaud's?
ency 33 image
Orinoco Cocktail
With: Cachaça, apple juice, fino sherry, white crème de cacao and orgeat syrup.
We say: Dry sherry, chocolate and coconut add subtle nuances to a base of cachaça and apple juice.
ency 84 image
Pearl Button
With: Cachaça, Lillet Blanc, lime juice and lemonade.
We say: Cachaça, Lillet Blanc and citrus combine in this dry, refreshing drink.
ency 26 image
With: Cachaça, sweet vermouth, amari and hopped grapefruit bitters.
We say: The bittersweet herbal notes from the vermouth and Cynar combine harmoniously with the cachaça.
ency 55 image
Shadow Boxer
With: Cachaça, Campari, extra dry vermouth, pink grapefruit liqueur and eau-de-vie d'abricot
We say: As the name suggests this is a punchy cocktail - spirituous and bittersweet with a long bitter finish. Far from being a crowd-pleaser.
ency 20 image
Wet Cocktail
With: Cachaça, orgeat syrup, lemon juice and ground cinnamon and ginger ale
We say: Superbly refreshing. The pinch of cinnamon adds delicate spice which combines well with cachaça and ginger ale.
ency 34 image
You've Got Mail
With: Cachaça, sugar syrup, lime juice, orange juice, honey sugar syrup and champagne
We say: Cachaça and citrus balanced by honey and topped with champagne.

Join the Discussion

... comment(s) for 20 best Cachaça cocktails

You must log in to your account to make a comment.

Report comment