Brazil is a country of great culture and history. From Christ the Redeemer to Copacabana Beach, there is great heritage around every corner. Another gift to the world has been cachaça, used to make the Cherry Bomb.
Similar to rum, this spirit is made from fermented sugar cane juice. It is well known that cachaça takes pride of place in the Caipirinha cocktail, but it is also used in many other drinks to add complex vegetal notes.
History of the Drink
This cocktail recipe was developed by Aisha Shatpe, a drinks consultant from New York. She combined cachaça with the fresh flavor of freshly squeezed lime, the syrupy sweetness of cherry liqueur, and a light, refreshing spritz with a little club soda used to top the drink off.
The cachaça brings herbaceous and floral notes to the drink which make for an interesting and layered flavor. The finished drink is light and reviving because of the gentle effervescence.
This drink is a riff on the daisy, a classic drink template. Daisies are made with a spirit, citrus juice, an orange liqueur, and sparkling soda water. Here the orange component has been swapped out for a cherry liqueur to mix the recipe up and create a new flavor profile.
The resulting beverage is well balanced. The zingy citrus cuts through the sweetness of the liqueur and all of the flavors complement and accentuate the grassy notes of the cachaça.
Choosing a Cherry Liqueur
There are a number of cherry liqueurs on the market. They vary in quality and this is usually reflected in the price. As with any cocktail ingredients, always buy the best that you can afford. These liqueurs tend to be made with brandy as the base, or sometimes with a neutral grain spirit.
The cherry flavor can be added to the base alcohol with the addition of the sweet flesh of the fruit or extracted from the cherry pits for a more bittersweet flavor. Pick your favorite brand to use in this fantastic recipe and make the final flavor your own.
In order to make this wonderful twist on a classic daisy, you will need:
- 1.5 oz cachaça
- 1 oz cherry liqueur
- 0.5 oz fresh lime juice
- Splash of club soda
- A cherry and a slice of lime to garnish
Directions to Make
- Put the cachaça, cherry liqueur, and freshly squeezed lime juice into a cocktail shaker with ice
- Shake thoroughly until completely chilled
- Strain the drink into a tall, straight glass with ice cubes
- Top the glass off with club soda
- Finish with a cherry and a slice of lime
Even though this drink is really easy to make, there is nothing simple about the flavors. This cocktail is complex and delicious, with a balance of sweet and sour elements that will appeal to a wide range of palates. It makes a great jug cocktail to share with friends on a warm summer day as well as delicious singles that you can garnish attractively.