Top 10 Cachaça Drinks

What is Cachaça

Cachaça [pronunciation: K(h)a-shA-ssa] is the third most consumed distilled spirit in the world, next only to vodka and soju. It originated in Brazil in around 1532, and today it is used almost exclusively as an ingredient in tropical drinks outside of Brazil. This distilled liqueur has many names including ‘pinga’, ‘caninha’, and its generic name ‘aguardente’. It is made by fermenting sugarcane juice, and the famous cachaça cocktail ‘caipirinha’ is the national drink of the Brazil. Cachaça’s ABV is typically between 38 and 48%, and it is 76 to 96 proof. It has 64 calories per 1 ounce serving and is gluten-free.

What is the Difference Between Rum and Cachaça

Cachaça is not rum but is often mistaken for a variation of the latter (and is even erroneously called ‘cachaça rum’ or ‘Brazilian rum’). The confusion mostly happens because of the process of distillation of cachaça. While rum is made from a thick, dark syrup called ‘molasses’, produced by boiling down sugarcane during sugar refining, cachaça is only made from the freshly-pressed sugarcane juice called ‘garapa’.

Now it’s time to share some drink ideas with you, and for you, to try them one by one, right at home!

Recipes for Some of the Best Cachaça Cocktails

Cachaça Drinks

1. ‘Cachaça Caipirinha’ Brazil’s National Drink

Cut a lime across its length, remove the pith from each half by making two 45 degree incisions on each side, and then cut out 4-6 slices (in cross sections) from both. Next, cut the middle of each slice like a ‘V’, widthwise. When done, transfer the wedges to a wide, old-fashioned glass and pour ¾ oz sugar syrup over it. Use a muddler to lightly crush the lime along with the syrup. Fill the glass with crushed ice, and add 2 oz of cachaça over it (you can choose from any of the top brands available in your area, including Leblon, 51, Avuá, Ypióca, Fubá, Pitu, Boca Loca, Abelha, etc.). Finally, give it a good stir and stand a small straw before you serve.

‘Cachaça Caipirinha’ Brazil’s National Drink Recipe

2. Traditional ‘Batida Abaci’ Brazilian Cachaça Cocktail

Blend together 2 oz of cachaça with 4 oz of pineapple chunks, ½ tsp of granulated sugar, and 1 cup of crushed ice for about 15 seconds or until smooth. Transfer into antique glasses and decorate with pineapple leaf and chunks before you serve.

Traditional ‘Batida Abaci’ Brazilian Cachaça Cocktail

3. Mixed-Alcohol Cocktail Drinks Containing Cachaça

Fill a cocktail glass with a handful of ice crushed coarsely and into small pieces. Over this, add 1 oz of each of cachaça, whiskey, tequila, mezcal, dark rum and whiskey (better, all chilled). Finally, add 1-2 tbsp of Coke and the juice of half a lemon from the top and serve.

Mixed-Alcohol Cocktail Drinks Containing Cachaça

4. Quentão Cachaça Brazilian Hot Drink Recipe

[Quentão, in Brazilian, means ‘very hot’ or ‘big hot one’, and this spicy drink is often served during the traditional celebrations of Festas Juninas.]
In a wok, caramelize 2-3 tbsp sugar, along with 4-5 whole cloves, 2 large cinnamon sticks, 2-3 ginger chunks, and 2 medium citrus peels (orange and lime, 1 each). When brown, add 1½ to 2 cups of water and simmer it for about 10 minutes. Finally, add 2 oz cachaça, and boil for another 4-5 minutes. Serve warm or chilled, as per taste, in drinking cups, along with a slice of lemon or orange.

Quentão Cachaça Brazilian Hot Drink Recipe

5. Easy Cachaça Soury-Lemon-Punch Long Drink

Throw a handful of ice cubes in a blender. To this, add 3 oz of cachaça, 2 tbsp brown sugar, 1 banana, a pinch or two of cinnamon powder, and 1 oz lemon juice. Blend for 10-15 seconds and serve in cocktail glasses.

Easy Cachaça Soury-Lemon-Punch Long Drink

6. Cachaça Mojito Cocktail Recipe

In a glass, lightly crush 5-7 mint leaves together with 2 wedges of lime using a muddler. This will release the flavor of both. Now, put a few ice cubes in it, and then add 1 oz of each of cachaça and ginger liqueur, along with ½ tsp sugar syrup and ½ oz of white rum. Fill the rest of the glass with chilled lemonade or sparkling soda. Gently stir and attach a lemon wheel to the rim. Now, stand a fresh mint sprig and serve.

Cachaça Mojito Cocktail Recipe

7. Quick Cachaça Party Shooter Shots

Arrange shot glasses in a row and pour 1-2 dashes of grenadine into each. Add 1 oz of Safari fruit liqueur followed by the same amount of cachaça, and fill the rest with chilled club soda. Now shoot in.

Quick Cachaça Party Shooter Shots

8. Authentic ‘Cachaça Bikini Martini’ Drink

[To make this drink, you need fresh passion fruit. So, if you don’t find this native Brazilian fruit at the stores nearby, you can order it online in advance.]

First shake together 1½ oz of cachaça, ½ oz of each of limoncello and sugar syrup, 1 oz lemon juice, and the juice of half a passion fruit, along with a handful of ice cubes. Strain into pre-chilled martini glasses. Float a slice of chilled passion fruit before you serve.

Authentic ‘Cachaça Bikini Martini’ Drink

9. Summer Party Mango Cocktail Using Cachaça Liquor

Coarsely chop 4 oz cold, fresh mangoes and put in a blender. Next, add 2 tsp of granulated sugar and 2 oz of cachaça. Add crushed ice (as required), and blend until smooth and slushy. Transfer into cocktail glasses of your choice and serve.

Summer Party Mango Cocktail Using Cachaça Liquor

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10. Instant Refreshing Party Drinks made with Cachaça

In a large mixing bowl, mix 1 part of cachaça and vodka, each, with 3 parts of lemon soda and ⅓ part of lime juice (or, to taste).  Strain into old-fashioned cocktail glasses over ice and cold lemon chunks. Enjoy with your friends.

Instant Refreshing Party Drinks made with Cachaça

Some alcohol lovers prefer to drink cachaça straight up, but you wish to try it, try an aged one. However, you must also never keep the phrase ‘drinking responsibly’ behind your mind, no matter you try it on the rocks or the recipes we shared with you. So, here you go. Indulge yourself in the taste and flavor of one of the most popular spirits in the world!

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