Originating in Brazil during the 16th century, Cachaca is a rich spirit distilled from fermented sugar cane.
Known to many as “Brazilian rum,” cachaca differs from the classic rums of the Caribbean by using fresh sugar cane instead of molasses.
This instills a much harsher alcoholic bite and earthier palate than the sweeter, richer rum.
Cachaca is the perfect spirit to blend with tropical mixers and fruity liqueurs. Read on to explore tasty cachaca cocktails to try at home.
The most iconic cachaca cocktail is undoubtedly the Caipirinha, a Brazilian specialty that consists of cachaca, sugar, and lime juice.
What margarita drinks are to Mexico, Caipirinhas are to Brazil. This cocktail is perfect in its simplicity, providing a nice sweet and sour palate with a spicy alcoholic finish. The key is to muddle turbinado sugar with lime juice until it's a thick syrup.
Cachaça Fruit Cup (Difford's Cup No.10)
Aptly named, this fresh fruit-filled Cachaca cocktail packs quite the alcoholic punch. It’s kind of a kitchen-sink recipe, throwing a myriad of liqueurs and spirits.
This cocktail blends sweet vermouth, orange curacao, and cachaca with cola and ginger ale for a complex flavor profile that is at once sweet, spicy, fruity, and bitter.
Batidas are another popular Brazilian traditional drink that can be alcoholic or not but is always mixed in a blender to a creamy, sweet milkshake consistency. This recipe is a decadent boozy milkshake that blends sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk, citrus, and passion fruit.
It’s so rich and creamy you’ll hardly notice the cachaca until you start to feel a little tipsy!
Cuban Cachaca Cocktail
This Cuban Cachaca Cocktail is a simple and easy three-ingredient cocktail blending honey, lemon juice, and Cachaca. While you might be thinking this looks a lot like a Caipirhina, lemon juice is decidedly tarter and less sweet than lime juice, while honey is more floral and rich than sugar. Therefore, this cocktail has a uniquely floral, sweet, and sour palate.
Sparkling Pomegranate Caipirinha
While cachaca may be associated with tropical flavors, his sparkling pomegranate Caipirinha shows its capacity to favor Mediterranean flavors just as well. This rich and vibrant pomegranate cocktail requires you to muddle fresh pomegranate seeds with lime juice before adding more pomegranate juice and cachaca. The sparkling wine gives it a bubbly and crisp finish.
This Brazilian Buck is a cachaca twist on the classic Moscow Mule, swapping vodka for cachaca to blend with ginger beer and lime juice. The result is a much spicier cocktail, thanks to the alcoholic bite of cachaca. A few dashes of bitters provide a crisp finish to round out the spicy sweetness of the ginger beer.
Lemon Batida Cocktail
This more sophisticated take on the classic lime and coconut batida is still just as luxurious. It leaves out the sweetened condensed milk for a less sweet and lighter consistency. The addition of velvet falernum adds a rich almond and ginger flavor that works perfectly with lemon and coconut milk.
This elegant Pearl Button cachaca cocktail blends cachaca and Lillet Blanc for grassy, sweet, and dry flavor notes that mix beautifully with sparkling lemonade and lime juice.
A Pearl Button is a great summertime cocktail that is light, delicate, and not too sweet. It is the perfect aperitif to serve at a dinner party.
Despite its name, this cachaca cocktail requires no blender. It is a fruity explosion of pineapple and lemon juice with cachaca. A dash of grenadine gives it a lovely crimson hue and a crisp, bitter finish.
This is an easy cocktail to make by pouring all ingredients into a wine glass and stirring.
This complex and highly alcoholic cocktail covers all the flavor bases. You get grassy and herby flavors from the cachaca, floral flavors from elderflower liqueur, smokiness from whiskey, and a sweet and sour blend of simple syrup and lime juice.
It’s an easy cocktail to shake together but will impress even the most demanding drinkers.
Cachaca cocktails run the gamut from fruity and sweet to spicy and dry. Whatever your pleasure, you’ll find the best way to enjoy cachaca from my list of cachaca cocktails.
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10 Cachaca Cocktail Recipe Ideas
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