The 10 Best Cocktails for Celebrating National Cachaça Day

We raise a glass in honor of our favorite, funky Brazilian spirit

The 10 Best Cocktails for Celebrating National Cachaça Day

We raise a glass in honor of our favorite, funky Brazilian spirit

If you’re not hip to Cachaça, it’s time to sip something completely different. Rum’s first cousin is a traditional spirit made only in Brazil and crafted from distilled sugar cane. It’s best known as the base of the mighty Caipirinha cocktail, a beloved concoction of sugar, spirit, and muddled limes that put cacaçha on the mixology map. Its vegetal, fruit forward flavors contribute to its funky, lowland tequila vibe, and it’s gained much respect in bartending circles as a versatile cocktail darling. So today let’s raise a glass to everyone’s favorite Brazilian liquor on National Cachaça Day, with some seriously awesome cocktails from the pros. And if you’re curious about what your drinks of choice say about you, check out What Your Boozing Habits Say About Your Health.

caipirinha cocktail cachaca

1
Classic Caipirinha (By the Pitcher)

From Micaela Piccolo, mixologist, Singapore

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz Silver cacaçha (Leblon is recommended)
  • 8 oz Simple Syrup
  • Lime wedges

Directions: Fill a pitcher halfway with ice. Add the simple syrup and cachaça . Stir to combine. Meanwhile, place 4 lime wedges in a glass and muddle. Top with drink, stir and serve. Makes about 4 six-ounce glasses.

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Strawberry-Banana Caipirinha cocktail cachaca

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Strawberry-Banana Caipirinha (By the Glass)

Courtesy of Novo Fogo

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Silver cachaça (Novo Fogo recommended)
  • Half a lime
  • 3 strawberries
  • ¼ oz simple syrup
  • ½ oz banana liqueur

Directions: Muddle lime and two strawberries with sugar in the glass. Fill with glass with ice, add cachaça and pour everything into a shaker. Shake and pour contents back into the same glass. Garnish with strawberry.

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Cacharetto Sour cocktail cachaca

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Cacharetto Sour

Courtesy of Novo Fogo

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz Aged cachaça (Novo Fogo Barrel-Aged Recommended) 
  • ¾ oz Amaretto
  • ½ oz Lemon juice
  • ½ oz Simple syrup (3:2) 

Directions: Fill a shaker halfway with ice. Add all ingredients and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass over fresh ice, and garnish with bitters. 

cachaca

4
Blushing Yakima

Courtesy of Novo Fogo

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Aged cachaça (Novo Fogo Barrel-Aged Recommended)
  • 1 ½ oz brown ale
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • ½ oz Amaretto
  • ½ oz simple syrup (3:2)
  • 3 cherries, muddled

Directions: Muddle cherries in a highball glass. Fill a shaker halfway with ice. Add all other ingredients (except for the beer) and shake. Pour directly into a highball glass, top with fresh ice and beer.

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 cachaca A Lorena Margarita

5
A Lorena

From Mike Neff of Ward III, New York

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Silver cachaça (Avuá Prata recommended)
  • ¾ oz fresh lime juice
  • ¾ oz Triple Sec
  • Small chili pepper, muddled (Malagueta preferred if available)

Directions: Fill a shaker halfway with ice. Add all ingredients and shake. Stain into a with a smoked salt rimmed (optional) cocktail glass.

Cuban #3 cocktail cachaca

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Cuban #3

From Vince Favella of Ward III, New York

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Silver cachaça (Avuá Prata recommended)
  • ¾ oz lime juice
  • ¾ oz pomegranate juice

Directions: Fill a shaker halfway with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Cachaça Calabaza cocktail cachaca

7
Cachaça Calabaza

From Anthony Laboring, Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens, Corona Del Mar, CA

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz. Aged cachaça (Novo Fogo Barrel-Aged Recommended)
  • 2 Bar spoons bourbon pumpkin purée  
  • ¼ oz Falernum
  • ¼ oz Allspice
  • ½ oz Simple syrup

Directions: Fill a shaker halfway with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Brazilian Batida cocktail cachaca

8
Brazilian Batida

From Erik Trickett, Holiday Cocktail Lounge, New York

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Silver Cachaça (Novo Fogo recommended)
  • 1 oz Passion fruit 
  • 1 oz Coconut cream
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters

Directions: Fill a shaker halfway with ice. Add ingredients and strain into a cocktail glass over fresh ice.

Sun Ra cocktail cachaca

9
Sun Ra

Courtesy of Poppy, Seattle, WA  

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz Silver Cachaça (Novo Fogo recommended)
  • ½ rosemary simple syrup 
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • Black strap rum (Gosling’s recommended)

Directions: Fill a shaker halfway with ice. Add ingredients (Except rum) and shake with sprig of rosemary. Fine strain over fresh ice. Top with the .5 oz black strap rum. Garnish with rosemary.

Umbabarauma cocktail cachaca

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Umbabarauma

From Vince Favella of Ward III, New York

Ingredients:

  • 2oz. Avuá Cachaça Amburana
  • 2 slices fresh jalapeño
  • ½ oz Maraschino cherry liqueur
  •  ½ oz orange liqueur
  • ¾ oz lime juice

Directions: Fill a shaker halfway with ice. Add ingredients and strain into a cocktail glass over fresh ice. Garnish with Maraschino cherry and jalapeño slices.

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