Archive of ‘Cachaca’ category

Suave, cachaca cocktail

We dedicate this drink to Brazil, host to, and loser of, the 2014 World Cup. The idea for it came when we splurged on a strawberry papaya tucked away in the corner of the exotic fruit section of the high-end market we frequent on paydays. In Portuguese, “suave” means smooth. This recipe may seem out […]


Rio Sour, World Cup cocktail

Our cocktail for the final match of the 2014 World Cup is also the last of Rum Week drinks. The Rio Sour is what happens when a Pisco Sour recipe falls into Brazilian hands. Sugar cane-based cachaça makes its home in Brazil, where up to 1.5 billion liters are produced annually — and only 1 […]


Assist, cachaça cocktail

Today, the U.S. team meets Germany in 2014 World Cup play in Brazil. This drink bears the name of a soccer term used first by American and now by the international soccer organization — the only hold outs are the English, whom seem to resist many American turns of phrase. We’ve brought together something German, […]


Group A, World cup cocktail

And here we go: first match of the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo with Brazil hosting Crotia. Between now and the cup final in Rio de Janiero on July 13, we’re pulling out the cachaça, rum and pisco — plus a variety of mixers — to improve your viewing enjoyment. Group A 1 1/2 […]


Final Four, NCAA flex cocktail

Designed to give Final Four (men’s and women’s) fans a choice, this NCAA flex cocktail is based on a citrus-pineapple mix with a bright note from some Aperol, a Campari-like bitter, and a light zing from poblano pepper. Make the mix and then take your pick: gin; tequila; vodka; or light rum, depending on which […]


Brazilini, martini cocktail

Cachaca, Brazil’s national spirit, will get a thorough cocktail work-out this year as the World Cup comes to South America. We’ll offer several more soccer-themed drinks, with and without cachaca, during the month-long (June 12 to July 13) World Cup. Brazilini 1 1/2 ounces cachaca 1 drop vanilla extract 1/2 ounce dry vermouth Put all […]


Wanganui Punch, downunder cocktail

Often called the Chinese gooseberry, the first kiwifruit plants were introduced to New Zealand more than 100 years ago by Mary Isabel Fraser, the principal of Wanganui Girls’ College. We honor her contribution to this drink by naming it after the school on New Zealand’s north island. The spirit bases are both produced from sugar […]


Dirigible, a cocktail for light-than-air travel

Aviation week continues with the Dirigible. Travel by lighter-than-air Zeppelins never returned to its pre-World War II fashion. Yet a dirigible crossing the Atlantic at 70-mph between Europe and Brazil in the late ‘20s and ‘30s would have given passengers plenty of time for a cocktail for two. Something light and airy seems the ticket […]


Andes Air, a foamy flight

Aviation week continues with Andes Air Each side of South America produces a spirit for mixed drinks. To the west there is pisco, a grape distillate; on the east side is cachaca, distilled from fermented sugar cane juice. Cachaca is our hero today in a foamy blend with citrus and a touch of sweetness. Andes […]


Dragnet, a Friday cocktail

My name’s Friday, I’m a cop… Even old TV shows get a nod in the cocktail world (but forget about the movie version!). This combination stars Brazil’s national spirit, cachaca, a distillate based on sugar cane syrup. To match it, look for some not-from-concentrate red grape juice. Dragnet 2 ounces cachaca 2 ounces unsweetened red […]