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15 Cachaça Cocktails—A Taste Tour of Brazil’s Best

Cachaça cocktails are easy to make and fun to try. They give you the cool vibes of Brazil in every sip. There are some of the best Cachaça mixes waiting for you to discover!

Picture this: the lively streets of Brazil, music in the air, and one of the best drinks in hand that tells centuries-old stories. Welcome to the world of Cachaça cocktails! Cachaça is Brazil’s star sugarcane spirit and isn’t just any classic drink. Did you know it dates back to the 1500s, making it one of the oldest liquors in the Americas? And here’s a fun fact: Brazilians have a saying that there’s a Cachaça for every day of the year, with over 365 different brands to choose from! Ready to try these easy-to-make drinks and dance to the Brazilian rhythm?

15 Best Cachaça drinks and Recipes

Caipirinha

A side shot of a Caipirinha cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a black stone plate surrounded by many lime wedges on a grey table with a jigger and a shaker on the background.

This is Brazil’s national drink known for its refreshing, tangy, and sweet flavors. Originating from the early 20th century, it was once believed to help combat the Spanish flu with its mix of lime and strong spirit.

Ingredients: Cachaça, lime, sugar

Batida

The Batida is A creamy and fruity beverage popular in Brazil, especially during festive seasons. The word “Batida” means “shaken” or “milkshake” in Portuguese, reflecting its smooth texture.

Ingredients: Cachaça, fruit juice (commonly coconut, passion fruit, or guava), sweetened condensed milk

Rabo de Galo

Translating to “Rooster’s Tail” in English, this cocktail is a simple mix but packs a punch. It’s a traditional drink often enjoyed in local bars.

Ingredients: Cachaça, red vermouth

Brazilian Mojito

A twist on the classic Mojito, this version incorporates flavors that are beloved in Brazil. The mint leaves give it a refreshing kick, making it a favorite on hot days.

Ingredients: Cachaça, lime juice, sugar, mint leaves, soda water

Passion Fruit Caipirinha

This drink takes the classic recipe and adds a tropical twist with passion fruit. Its vibrant color and unique taste make it a standout choice for those trying something different.

Ingredients: Cachaça, passion fruit, sugar

Cachaça Sour

This is reminiscent of the classic Whiskey Sour but with a Brazilian flair. The egg white gives it a smooth texture and a foamy top.

Ingredients: Cachaça, lime juice, sugar, egg white

Bitter in Brazil

This cocktail is a harmonious blend of bitter and sweet for those who enjoy a more complex flavor profile. It’s a modern concoction that showcases the versatility of its main spirit.

Ingredients: Cachaça, bitter liqueur, lime juice, sugar

Brazil 66

Named after the famous band “Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’66”, this caipirinha variation is a popular blend of tangy and sweet. The addition of orange flavors adds another dimension to the original cocktail. 

Ingredients: Cachaça, lime juice, simple syrup, orange juice, orange liqueur 

Brazilian Buck

A spicy and zesty concoction, the Brazilian Buck is a twist on the classic Moscow Mule. The ginger beer provides a fiery kick, while the lime juice balances it with its tanginess. It’s a refreshing drink perfect for those who like a bit of spice in their life.

Ingredients: Cachaça, ginger beer, lime juice, sugar

Brazilian Coffee

Combining Brazil’s love for coffee and spirits, this cocktail is a rich and creamy delight. It’s like having your morning coffee with a Brazilian twist. The whipped cream on top adds a touch of indulgence, making it a perfect after-dinner treat.

Ingredients: Cachaça, brewed coffee, coffee liqueur, whipped cream

Brazilian Sunrise

This cocktail is a beautiful blend of citrusy and sweet flavors. The grenadine gives it a stunning sunrise effect, making it delicious and visually appealing.

Ingredients: Cachaça, orange juice, grenadine, lime juice

Caipirinha Coffee

A unique fusion of Brazil’s national drink and its beloved coffee. This drink is both energizing and refreshing, making it a great choice for those looking for a pick-me-up with a twist.

Ingredients: Cachaça, brewed coffee, sugar, whipped cream

Cachaça Old Fashioned

This drink infuses a Brazilian twist into the classic Old Fashioned. By swapping out whiskey for Cachaça, this drink offers a unique blend of sweetness, bitterness, and the distinct flavor of sugarcane.

Ingredients: Cachaça, sugar cube, Angostura bitters, orange twist

Brazilian Mule

This is a tropical take on the traditional Moscow Mule and combines ginger beer’s spiciness with its main spirit’s unique flavor. It’s a fizzy drink that’s perfect for warm days.

Ingredients: Cachaça, ginger beer, lime juice

Strawberry Caipirinha

Adding a fruity twist to the classic recipe, the Strawberry Caipirinha is a sweet and tangy delight. The strawberries give it a vibrant red hue and a burst of flavor, making it a favorite during summer gatherings.

Ingredients: Cachaça, strawberries, lime, sugar

Top 6 Cachaça Brands to Use in Cocktails

Our DrinksWorld specialists and cachaça-loving bartenders selected their favorite brands. Here’s what they recommend:

1. Leblon

Leblon stands out as a premium brand in the world of cachaça. This brand is produced in the Minas Gerais region and offers a smooth and refined taste. Its distillation in copper stills and aging in vintage XO Cognac casks give it a unique flavor. Many bartenders prefer Leblon for crafting high-end cocktails.

2. Novo Fogo

Novo Fogo is an organic brand known for its sustainability. The brand emphasizes environmental responsibility, using zero-waste methods. Its clean and bright taste makes it a favorite for many classic cocktails.

3. Ypióca

Ypióca has been around since 1846 and is one of the oldest brands. It’s Produced in Ceará and aged in barrels made from the local freijó wood. This aging process imparts a distinct flavor to the spirit. Its rich history and unique taste make it a staple in many bars.

4. Avuá

Avuá is a brand that celebrates the diverse flavors of Brazil. Each bottle showcases the unique terroir of the region where the sugarcane grows. They offer a range of aged cachaças, each with its own character.

5. Pitu

Pitu is a popular brand in Brazil and abroad and is recognizable by its bright red shrimp logo,. It has a light and crisp taste, making it versatile for various cocktails. Whether you’re making a simple Caipirinha or a more complex concoction, Pitu is a reliable choice.

6. Velho Barreiro

Velho Barreiro is known for its traditional production methods. It has a slightly sweet profile with a hint of warmth, making it great for sipping or mixing. Its golden hue and smooth finish are famous.

Types of Cachaça

Cachaça is a Brazilian spirit made by distilling fermented sugarcane juice. There are various types, each with its distinct flavors and production methods.

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  • Traditional is the most common type, made from fresh sugarcane juice. It’s typically aged in wooden barrels, which impart unique flavors to the spirit.
  • White, also known as “silver” or “classic,” is usually not aged. It’s clear and has a sharp, robust sugarcane flavor. It’s often used in cocktails like the Caipirinha.
  • Aged is stored in wooden barrels for extended periods. The type of wood used for aging can vary, with some popular choices being oak, amburana, and jequitibá. This aging process gives a golden hue and a more complex flavor profile.
  • Gold is aged for shorter periods, usually less than a year. It has a light golden color and a milder flavor than those aged longer.

More Brazilian drinks:

Besides the famous Cachaça cocktails, Brazil has many other cocktails and mixed drinks worth trying.

  • Caipiroska: A variant of the famous Caipirinha, it uses vodka instead of Cachaça, mixed with lime, sugar, and crushed ice.
  • Batida de Coco: This is a creamy cocktail made with coconut cream, condensed milk, and typically vodka.
  • Maracujá Mule (Passion Fruit Mule): A Brazilian twist on the Moscow Mule, it combines vodka, lime juice, ginger beer, and passion fruit.

FAQs

  1. How is Cachaça different from rum? While both are made from sugarcane, Cachaça is made from fresh sugarcane juice, whereas rum is often made from molasses.
  2. What mixers go well with Cachaça? Lime, sugar, tropical fruits, and soda are common mixers used with Cachaça.
  3. What glassware is best for Cachaça cocktails? A short glass or tumbler is typically used, but it depends on the cocktail.

Cachaça Cocktails: Caipirinha Recipe (and 14 More Drinks!)

Caipirinha Cocktail Drink

Best Caipirinha Recipe

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Sip into summer with this straightforward Caipirinha recipe! Made with Cachaça, fresh lime, and sugar, this Brazilian cocktail is a refreshment perfect for any hot day.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 218

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Cachaça
  • 5 lime wedges - to extract lime juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • Crushed ice
  • Lime wedge - to garnish

Equipment

  • Muddler
  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Place 5 lime wedges in the Old Fashioned glass.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Add ½ oz simple syrup to the mix.
  • Muddle: Use a muddler to crush the lime and sugar together. You're doing this to release the lime juice, but you don't want to pulverize it into a pulp. Aim to press the limes to release the juice, but don't smash it into pieces. The sugar will help extract the juice from the lime.
  • Add Cachaça: Pour 2 oz Cachaça into the glass over the lime and sugar mixture.
  • Add Ice: Fill the glass with crushed ice.
  • Stir: Use a spoon to stir the ingredients together well. You want to blend the sugar into the Cachaça and mix the lime evenly.
  • Add Ice: Fill the glass with crushed ice one more time.
  • Garnish: garnish with a lime wedge.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Cachaça: If you can't find Cachaça, white rum makes a decent substitute. It's not the same, but it works. I've also used vodka, but keep in mind that it will lack the unique sugarcane flavor of Cachaça.
  • Sugar: You can use granulated sugar if you're out of simple syrup. I usually go for 2 bar spoons of sugar. It dissolves easily and does the trick.
  • Lime: Lemon can replace lime if you're in a pinch. It changes the flavor profile but still tastes great.

Making a Pitcher of Caipirinha:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, you'll need 8 limes, 4 oz of simple syrup, and 16 oz of Cachaça.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, muddle the limes and simple syrup first. Then add the Cachaça and stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Cachaça Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic white grape juice or apple juice as a substitute for Cachaça. Add a splash of lime juice to mimic the complexity of the alcohol.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute and follow the original steps for a refreshing, alcohol-free Caipirinha.

Making it Vegan:

The original recipe is already vegan, so no modifications are necessary. Ensure that the sugar you're using is vegan, as some sugar brands use bone char in the refining process.

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