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5 Cool Cachaça Cocktails To Drink Right Now

Get into the Olympic spirit with Brazil's most popular liquor.
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Novo Fogo Cachaça

Novo Fogo Cachaça

Now that Rio is heating up with the kick-off of the summer olympics, Brazilian-inspired cocktails may be the perfect way to keep cool.

Best known for its inclusion in the classic Caipirinha cocktail, cachaça—a sweet, fruity liquor distilled from fermented sugarcane juice—is Brazil's most popular spirit. 

Here, five cachaca-spiked cocktails that are fit for any Olympic drinking session:

The Depot

The Depot

Blood Orange Caipirinha

Ryan Harris, The Depot Craft Brewery & Bar, Reno

Ingredients: 2 oz Novo Fogo Cachaça; 0.75 oz. blood orange syrup; 4 lime wedges; 1 sugar cube.

Instructions: Muddle syrup, limes, and sugar cube. Add Novo Fogo, shake and pour into double old fashioned glass. Garnish with lime wedges.

Courtesy Buda Photography

Courtesy Buda Photography

Striptease

Jillian Vose, Dead Rabbit, NYC

Ingredients: 0.5 oz Novo Fogo barrel aged cachaça; 1.5 oz Bacardi 8 yr rum; 0.5 oz Noilly Ambre vermouth; 0.5 oz Becherovka; 0.5 oz Yellow Chartreuse; 0.5 tsp cane syrup.

Instructions: Stir and strain into a Nick & Nora glass. Garnish with lemon peel. 

Cachaça 51

Cachaça 51

Brasileirinho

Leandro Batista

Ingredients: one Persian lime, sliced; one medium lemon, sliced; 2 oz molasses; 2 oz Cachaça 51..

Instructions: Macerate the ingredients; fill the mason jar with ice; add Cachaça 51 and stir. 

Cachaça 51

Cachaça 51

Tangerine Granita

Leandro Batista

Ingredients: Juice of 2 lemons (about 2 oz); Juice of 4 tangerines (about 1 cup); 3 oz. lemon-lime soda; 2 oz of Cachaça 51

Instructions: Mix all ingredients, place in a mold, and freeze. When frozen, scrape the mixture with a fork and serve in double rocks glass with a straw.

Cachaça 51

Cachaça 51

Bossa Nova Sunrise

Hakasan, Las Vegas

Ingredients2 oz Novo Fogo Tanager Cachaça; 0.5 oz lime juice; 0.5 oz cinnamon syrup; 1 oz Giffard Banane du Brésil; 1 spoonful of passion fruit pulp; drizzle of Small Hands grenadine.

Instructions: mix all ingredients except grenadine with ice in a tall glass. Float grenadine on top and garnish with a dehydrated banana chip.