Cachaça is a liquor made from fermented sugarcane juice and is now recognized by the U.S. as a distinctive product of Brazil, instead of as a “Brazilian rum.” In June 2014, the World Cup will be held in Brazil, followed by the Olympics in 2016. This could mean for cachaça what a similar sporting coup a few decades back did for tequila. A year before the Olympics were held in Mexico, the country signed a treaty with U.S., which led to a great increase of tequila being sold in the States.
So you’ll want to get a head start and mix up cachaça cocktails immediately. Like this one, which comes to us from New York’s Evelyn Drinkery in Alphabet City. It contains Cuca Fresca, a premium organic cachaça.
- 1 1/2 ounces Cuca Fresca
- 1/2 ounce Benedictine
- 3/4 ounce chipotle agave
- 1/2 dropper Bitter End Memphis BBQ bitters
- 3/4 ounce passion fruit purée
- 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
- Shake all ingredients and strain into a collins glass over fresh ice.
- Top with seltzer (approximately 1 ounce) and dust top with cayenne powder.
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