All you need are these cocktails to get a little taste of Brazil.
By Cari Jorgensen
Everyone should mix it up (no pun intended) and try a new cocktail every once in a while. Head out to Brazil, relax on the beach, soak in the sun, visit Christ the Redeemer or have fun at Carnival. But even if you can’t travel down to Brazil (though we recommend you do), you can still get a taste of the South American country by indulging in one or more of these drinks, all made from the country’s signature spirit, Cachaça.
A light, fruity drink, this cocktail is served in a highball glass. Fill the glass with crushed ice. Pour ¾ ounces Cachaça, 1 ounce orange juice and 2¼ ounces mango juice in the glass. Stir and serve.
A sour cocktail served in a lowball glass, the Caipirinha requires 2 teaspoons sugar, 8 limes, 2½ ounces Cachaça and ice cubes. Cut the limes into wedges then muddle them with sugar in the lowball glass. Fill the glass with ice cubes, pour in the Cachaça and stir well. Serve.
The Caju Amigo is a strong cocktail served in a shooter glass. Once again mixed with Cachaça, a Brazilian spirit made from sugarcane, this cocktail also contains 1 part cashew juice and ice cubes. Stir the Cachaça (1 part) and cashew juice together in a mixing glass filled with ice. Strain it into a shooter glass and serve.
If you’re in the mood for something light and creamy, the Leite de Onça may be for you. Blend 1 part Cachaça, 1 part chilled milk and ½ part condensed milk. Pour the blend into a chilled beer mug and top it with 1 part crème de cacao. Optional: sprinkle it with chocolate powder.
Strong and aromatic, the Rabo-de-Galo is served in a chilled shooter glass. Shake 2/3 part Cachaça and 1/3 part dry vermouth in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into the chilled shooter glass and serve.
Which Brazilian cocktail will you be indulging in?