Cachaça, Brazil’s signature spirit, combines with elderflower liqueur and citrus in this lively, pale pink cocktail.
We’ve all been there. We buy a bottle of cachaça to mix up a batch of caipirinhas and have no idea what to do with the leftovers. Which is usually only a few odd ounces because, face it, caipirinhas go down pretty smooth.
My husband and I fell hard for caipirinhas this summer and I immediately started wondering what else I could do with cachaça. After I learned how to pronounce it correctly, of course. But, mark my words, cachaças days of flying under the radar are numbered. It’s about to take the cocktail world by storm.
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And I really really wanted to be ahead of the curve for once. But recipe testing a cocktail takes me a stupid long time because…
- My taste buds start to flag after one drink.
- There are so many possible combinations!
- I’m drinking less.
I hope it’s possible to talk about America’s impending election without perpetuating rage and hatred because I need to bring it up for a second. I have to imagine, no matter which candidate you support, the fact that it’s so close has got to be kicking up anxiety for both sides, right?
A Cachaça Cocktail: The Brazilian Heiress
Well it definitely was (is) for me. And I started noticing a familiar gravitational pull toward all my unhealthy vices that rear their ugly heads when I’m anxious. All those things that seem like they’ll make me feel better but end up making me feel worse.
Then I had a sudden and unfamiliar response. I thought, “What if I don’t?”
What if I just don’t go there?
So how about, instead of fretting and eating and drinking to excess, I try loving myself (and everyone around me) through the rest of this election cycle? Defying the negativity and bile that hangs so thick in the air you can taste it.
I started simply concentrating on my work, making and sharing healthy recipes and pretty pictures. I started exercising, doing affirmations and practicing moderation. Just trying to put as much joy out there as I could.
And it’s helping.
Your first sip of a Brazilian Heiress introduces you to the sweetness of cachaça and the tender kiss of elderflower. That gets followed up immediately by the tart, tang of citrus.
It’s a great drink for a night when things are a little fancy but not quite up to champagne. Those nights when we’re reaping the benefits of our cosmic inheritance and sharing the wealth with the people we love most in the world. Which, if we focus in the right places and play our existential cards right, could be quite often.
- 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