June 12th is International Cachaça Day

by halw

Okay so what does this mean?

Well first of all it’s an excuse to make cocktails using Cachaca. Okay so I have your attention, another excuse to make cocktails on a Friday right? Sounds like fun, but what is Cachaca exactly?

Well it’s a Brazilian spirit that’s distilled from fermented sugar cane juice. Sounds like rum doesn’t it? Well its a bit different, while rum is mostly made from molasses, cachaca is only made using sugarcane.

Now what makes June 12th International Cachaca Day?

This day commemorates the anniversary of June 12th, 1744 when the selling and production of cachaca became illegal in Brazil. Since that time cachaca has become a favorite among mixologists through the US and the world. Keeping that in mind here are a few cocktails that might be fun to try this Friday, or throughout the course of the summer.

Courtesy of Bar 44 inside the Royalton Hotel-

The Royalton Caipirinha
1.5oz Cabana Cachaça
1 whole Strawberry
½ a lime quartered
.5oz St. Germain
.5oz Simple Syrup

Garnish: No
Glass: Rocks
Preparation: Muddle the fruit add the rest of the ingredients, add enough ice for one cocktail shake and pour all contents into a rocks glass

The Royalton Caipirinha. A combination of Cabana Cachaça, St. Germain, Simple Syrup and Strawberries.

The Royalton Caipirinha. A combination of Cabana Cachaça, St. Germain, Simple Syrup and Strawberries.

The Beach Comber
1 oz. Cabana Cachaça
1 oz. Veev Acai liqueur
1 oz. kiwi puree
½ oz. of fresh lime juice
1 oz. of simple syrup
Shake and pour

The Gisele

2.5 oz. Cabana Cachaça
3 tablespoons Acerola puree (Acerola is an Amazonian cherry)
Splash of fresh lemon juice
Rose champagne

Combine Cabana Cachaça, acerola puree & lemon juice in a mixing glass with ice. Shake well & strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with rose champagne. Garnish with 3 flower petals & a lemon twist.

The Gisele. A combination of Cabana Cachaca, Acerola puree, and lemon juice topped off with Champagne.

The Gisele. A combination of Cabana Cachaca, Acerola puree, and lemon juice topped off with Champagne.

Courtesy of The Blue Owl Lounge-

The Marpessa

1 oz Cabana Cachaça
1/4 oz Orchard Pear Liqueur
1/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1/4 oz simple syrup
1 oz Aloe Vera

The Marpessa. A Combination of Cabana Cachaça, pear Liquor, fresh lemon and lime juices, simple syrup and aloe vera

The Marpessa. A Combination of Cabana Cachaça, pear Liquor, fresh lemon and lime juices, simple syrup and aloe vera