Cachaça, Brazil’s signature spirit, combines with sweet elderflower liqueur and tart citrus in this lively, pale pink cocktail.
Looking for your signature 2020 cocktail once dry January is [finally] over? Grab your cachaça and belly up to the bar.
This cachaça cocktail recipe was originally posted October 5, 2016. The recipe is the same but it has new photos and all new text because, friend, that was a COMPLETELY different world back then. We just ushered in a new year AND a new decade and The Brazilian Heiress is HEREFORIT. And you.
If ever a cocktail was ripe and ready to usher in the Roaring 2020s it’s this baby.
My original post talked about 1) my prediction that cachaça was about to hit the big time and 2) how I wasn’t drinking that much anymore. Well, four years of political turmoil have changed the latter. And, hindsight being 2020 (see what I did there?) I’m not convinced the former has really taken place yet.
What do you think?
Has cachaça taken the cocktail world by storm yet? Or is the real party just getting started?
We all know cachaça from caipirinhas. But IMHO it hasn’t exploded the way I think it deserves to. Brazil’s most common alcoholic beverage is subtle and versatile and is very very ready for its close up. Distilled from fermented sugar cane, cachaça can ONLY come from Brazil. Its flavor is sweet and complex and can vary greatly depending on what type of wood barrel it’s aged in.
A Cachaça Cocktail: The Brazilian Heiress
Cachaça is more widely known than it was four years ago, but I still maintain that there is room for growth. Maybe 2020 will be the year. As for the Brazilian Heiress, this drink is fragrant, light and beautifully pale pink. You might even call it optimistic. Perfect for the clean slate of a new decade. A decade during which we will roar into the future and without that pesky prohibition to deal with.
Hosting an Oscar’s party? This is perfect. The Brazilian Heiress is a great drink for a night when things are a little fancy but not quite up to champagne. It can also hold its own along side champagne. Beaded dresses and feather boas are optional, but encouraged.
- 3 ounces cachaça
- 1 1/2 ounces elderflower liqueur I used St. Germain
- 1 ounce no sugar added grapefruit juice
- 4 shakes orange bitters
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
Add all ingredients
Shake well for 30 seconds
Strain into chilled cocktail glasses